Following a coup in Niger, which overthrew the previous President Mohammed Bazoum, Nigeria opted to respond by stopping energy exports to its fellow West African Country.

This presented a serious problem for the country’s electricity sector, given that 70% of Niger’s electricity came from Nigeria prior to the coup,

Since then, Niger has seen a series of power outages that have become more severe, according to a report released by the British news network, BBC.

Niger Solar Power Plant

Niger’s response, though, was to concentrate on the solar project it had started a few years prior.

According to a BBC report, “The Nigers Solar plant was started in 2018 and officially opened on July 5th of this year. It was constructed by a French consortium. Since the coup, France’s relationship with the Nigerien junta has deteriorated. With more than 55,000 solar panels, the facility can produce 30 megawatts of electricity.

Once Niger was able to link the solar power plant to its national electricity grid, August was the planned launch date. But the coup caused a postponement in its start.

Niger’s electricity supply has significantly improved, since the opening of the solar plant,especially in the capital and a few other towns, according to Energy Minister Mahaman Moustapha Barke.

The minister of energy stated that the completion of the Nigers solar plant was made possible by the technical staff who remained behind.

The aftermath of the coup in Niger

The only problem resulting from international sanctions is the energy shortage caused by Nigeria’s withdrawal from Niger’s energy supply. The World Bank announced shortly after the coup in Niger that it had stopped providing funding to the nation until further notice, with the exception of private-sector partnerships.

In addition, it was reported in August that the $226.34 million yearly trade between Nigeria and Niger was in danger of collapsing due to a border closure.