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Africa Renewables: Burkina Faso Inaugurates Solar Project

Zagtouli solar power station
Zagtouli solar power station

Burkina Faso saw its Zagtouli solar power station inaugurated at the end of November. The power station was inaugurated by the president of France, Emmanuel Macron and Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso.

The Zagtouli solar power station is an innovative project that will provide electricity to 660,000 people in the country.

It was financed by the government of Burkina Faso, a grant of €25 million from the EU, and a loan of €22.5 million from the French Development Agency (AFD).

The project consists of 129,600 solar panels on an area of ​​60 hectares, the equivalent of 84 football fields. The Zagtouli solar power plant will provide clean energy to 660,000 people while reducing the cost of production by four.

The commissioning of this plant represents an emission saving of 26,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Its construction, carried out by the company CEGELEC (Vinci group) and local companies lasted barely more than a year and mobilized up to 400 employees. The plant will eventually be operated by the national electricity company (SONABEL).

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