From pv magazine France.
Solar module maker Faso Energy has begun manufacturing at its 30 MW solar module fab in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The plant, in the industrial zone of the Kossodo district of the Burkinabe capital, is expected to deliver 60-100 PV panels per day. Modules with power outputs ranging from 260 W to more than 330 W are being made at the XOF3.25 billion ($5.78 million) factory.
Faso Energy secured almost XOF1 billion worth of tax exemptions during construction of the facility, which features a semi-automated PV production line supplied by Spanish equipment provider Mondragon.
It is estimated less than 20% of the population of fossil fuel-dependent Burkina Faso has access to electricity. The sub-Saharan African nation had 82 MW of solar generation capacity at the end of 2019, according to International Renewable Energy Agency figures.
This copy was amended on 29/09/20 to reflect Faso Energy is not a Ugandan company, as previously reported.
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This is not the first of its kind in West Africa. A company called Auxano Solar in Nigeria. They have been in production since 2016.
They just signed a deal to expand their factory from 60MW to 100MW
The sub-header has now been amended accordingly.
Strategic Power Solutions Ltd. (SPS) in Ghana commissioned and started operating a 30MW per year crystalline solar PV module factory in March 2016 with equipment set from Japan, Germany, Italy and China. It has just recently added new PV module production equipment from Italy with current total annual capacity of at least 160MW.
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