Canada's Windiga Energy has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso (SONABEL) for the construction and operation of a 20 MW photovoltaic plant.
The conclusion of the PPA was the final step in the authorization process and now gives Windiga Energy the green light to begin construction of one of the largest solar power plant in sub-Saharan Africa.
Located in Zina, in the province of Mouhoun, the plant will be connected to SONABEL's main power grid and is expected to produce approximately 34 gigawatt hours of energy annually.
The project will make Windiga Energy the first independent power producer in the West African nation. In August, the African Development Bank's Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved a $950,000 grant for the development of the plant in Burkina Faso.
"Windiga Energy is committed to providing innovative accessible energy solutions to Africa, key to the continent's economic development," said Benoit La Salle, Windiga Energys president and CEO. "We are confident that by working in concert with governments, our experience and expertise will provide vital support to African countries in their quest for energy independence."
Windiga's focus now is to finalize funding agreements with the private sector divisions of the development banks involved in the project, as well as to commence construction of the plant.
The company has also signed a 20-year PPA with the Electricity Company of Ghana for the construction and operation of a 20 MW solar plant in the northern community of Tilli as well as a 30-year PPA in Mauritania with the Mauritanian Electricity Company (SOMELEC) for the construction and operation of a 15 MW waste-to-energy plant.
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