The Canadian company Windiga Energy and the Government of Burkina Faso signed an agreement to support investment allowing Windiga to become the first independent solar energy producer in the country.
Thus, a 20-megawatt photovoltaic plant located in the province of Zina Mouhoun will be built and operated by the German Siemens EnergySmart Generation Solutions.
The first solar power plant will be the largest solar power plant in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to be completed by the end of next year. It is part of a project that would count among its potential donors, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Frontier Markets Fund Managers and Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.
This signature will also enter into a power purchase agreement with National Electricity Company of Burkina (SONABEL) for the entire electricity production of the plant for 25 years.
“This project will contribute $ 50 million to support the energy needs of Burkina Faso,” said Edward Fast, Minister of International Trade of Canada to move to Burkina Faso as part of a trade mission to Africa. “We are very pleased with the support received by the governments of Burkina Faso and Canada which allowed us to conclude a strategic agreement that will lead to the construction of a major renewable energy project and the launch of the solar industry in Burkina Faso, “said Benoit La Salle, President and CEO of Energy Windiga.” This power plant will also contribute to the economic development of the region, employing about 150 workers in Burkina Faso during the construction phase. ”