Solar park of 33 MW in Burkina Faso enters construction phase - report
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Burkina Faso is commencing construction work on a 33-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power facility in the northern part of the West African nation, news agency APA reported on Wednesday, quoting the Department of Energy.
The XOF-46-billion (USD 78.2m/EUR 70m) project will be implemented with XOF 15 million in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB), XOF 14.7 million from the French Development Agency and XOF 16.3 million from the European Union (EU). EIB announced it would lend the above-mentioned sum in September 2014.
The plant will be built at Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the African country’s capital city. National electric utility SONABEL will operate the solar park once it is completed.
Nearly half of Burkina Faso’s current power needs are met with imports from Ivory Coast and Ghana, the report mentions.