Burkina Faso unveils Zagtouli solar power plant

first_img Generation Featured image: Stock RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BRICS Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA center_img Previous articleNigeria: VP alerts possible tariff increaseNext articleS.Africa: energy minister refutes rushing nuclear deal Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, is today expected to inaugurate a 33MW solar power plant in Zagtouli, located on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou.According to the Citizen, Kabore will be joined by his visiting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, whose country partially funded the construction of the facility.Burkina Faso launches Sahel region’s largest solar power plant https://t.co/Q8TkhCScPD#FocusAfrica | #Burkina | #energy | #environment | #electricity | #solar#Zagtouli, #BurkinaFaso pic.twitter.com/lkRdARiywX— The Citizen Tanzania (@TheCitizenTZ) November 28, 2017The French-based power firm Cegelec, is reported to have built the facility, designed to be a pilot scheme.“For the past six weeks the plant has been in a test phase with production of 14MW, and will reach a peak of 33MW during December, sufficient sunshine permitting,” said the site’s construction manager, Stephane Nosserau.“This is West Africa’s largest plant in terms of installed capacity,” added construction overseer Saidou Nana.The plant, which has one hundred and twenty nine thousand and six hundred 260-watt solar panels, are capable of annually pumping out 56GW, equivalent to 5% of current production into the network of national power firm Sonabel, Nana said.He continued: “We import energy from Ivory Coast and there have been difficulties obtaining supplies at times.“That is why we decided with financial backers to provide Sonabel with a source of energy from photovoltaic panels to respond to the public’s needs, which are growing at an annualised 13%,” he explained.Zagtouli solar power plantThe Citizen reported that the Zagtouli solar power plant was funded through donations from the European Union and France’s development agency.“With the financing terms that we have, the price per kilowatt-hour is considerably cheaper than for thermal production, which will allow us to reduce operating costs within Sonabel,” Nana said.Energy produced by the Zagtouli plant will cost some 45 CFA francs ($8.4 cents) per kilowatt-hour. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more