Burkina Faso inaugurates new US$5.8m solar panel production plant

BURKINA FASO – Burkina Faso has inaugurated a new solar panel production plant in the country’s capital, Ouagadougou.

The facility which was commissioned by Burkinabe Prime Minister Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré was constructed at a cost of 3 billion CFA francs (about US$5.8 million).

The solar production plant initiated by El hadj Moussa Koanda has a capacity of producing 200 solar panels a day which translates to an annual production capacity of about 30MW of solar panels

Named “Faso Energy”, the plant will promote the acquisition of solar energy equipment by the population, thus reducing the need to increase the rate of access to electricity in Burkina Faso.

In addition to reducing the need for importation of solar panels, Faso Energy will also contribute towards improving the social economic status of Burkinabe citizens by created about 170 direct jobs and about 2000 indirect jobs.

During the plant’s commissioning, Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso revealed the support provided by the Burkinabe government towards the realization of the project.

Dabiré explained that Faso Energy benefited from a number of incentives from the government including tax exemptions accumulating to about 1 billion CFA francs (more than US$1.75 million).

According to statiscis from the world Bank, Burkina Faso is one of the least electrified countries globally with only 19% of the country’s population having access to electricity.

Like many other developing countries, Burkina Faso has shifted focus to solar energy in an attempt to increase electrification rates in the country.

The country which currently has a production capacity of 163MW has a target of producing 30% of its electricity from solar energy by 2030.

To achieve this goal, a number of solar related projects have been launched or commissioned by the government of Burkina Faso.

Earlier this month, the National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso (Sonabel) launched a call for tenders for the construction of four 9 MWp photovoltaic solar power plants.

This was followed by an announced by French electricity company, Engie that it had won a contract to construct two solar power plants with a total capacity of 30MWp in Burkina Faso.

The commissioning of the Faso Energy facility is expected to support government efforts on solar by providing the necessary equipment required to set up off and on-grid solar power plants in the country.

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