EU establishes west Africa solar plant30/11/17Energy
A new solar power plant was launched yesterday (29 November) in Burkina-Faso thanks to financial support from the European Union and France.
The plant will soon be ready to connect thousands of citizens in Burkina-Faso to affordable and clean energy. The co-funded plant will be inaugurated by French President Emmanuel Macron and President of Burkina-Faso Roch Marc Christian Kaboré .
European Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development Neven Mimica said: “Our pioneering project, with a contribution of €25m from the EU, will connect up to 660,000 people to more affordable, reliable and clean energy – and will provide 6% of Burkina Faso’s energy production.
“Africa is a continent rich in renewable energy resources, and the Zatgouli solar plant is a great example of the EU’s commitment to help our partner countries make the transition to clean and green energy for all.”
The new photovoltaic (PV) solar plant in Zagtouli features almost 130,000 solar panels, and will save over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
The project is funded by a €25m grant from the European Union, accompanied by a €22.5m loan from the French Agency for Development (AFD).
The Zatgouli plant will make a significant contribution to the Burkina-Faso government’s objective to inject 100 megawatts of solar energy into the national network by 2020.
The PV plant is an example of the EU’s commitment to move towards a more results-orientated partnership with Africa, which delivers on shared global commitments to tackle climate change.
The new Africa-EU partnership is the core issue at the African Union-European Union Summit taking place on 29 and 30 November in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.