California based Tetra Tech was chosen to conduct feasibility studies on two projects close to the villages of Pá and Kodéni. South African company BioTherm Energy will develop the power plants. According to the USTDA, the projects could be worth $27 million in components exported from the USA. The agency did not disclose the amount that the grant is worth.
“BioTherm is very grateful for this assistance from the USTDA to help develop our PV plants in Burkina Faso,” says Jasandra Nyka, CEO at Biotherm Energy. “Leveraging Tetra Tech’s skill sets will ensure that these power plants are developed to world class standards.”
Tetra Tech echoed the South African company’s praise of the project: “We are pleased to support BioTerm with the execution of the two solar projects,” said Senior Vice President Dean White. “Tetra Tech is excited to apply its expertise to the development of the projects, which will contribute to the economic growth of the country.”
Burkina Faso has an abundant solar resource, but remains one of the least developed countries in the region in terms of energy infrastructure. Less than 20% of the population has access to electricity, and there is heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels.
“We are pleased to partner with Société de Production d’Energie Solaire de Kodéni SAS and BioTherm on this important project that will increase energy access for homes and businesses across Burkina Faso,” said Lida Fitts, USTDA Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. “There is great potential for solar energy in the country, and we look forward to supporting theis solution.”