Power Africa in Burkina Faso

 

ENERGY SECTOR OVERVIEW

Although the majority of its power currently comes from diesel and HFO plants, Burkina Faso hopes to become a regional powerhouse for solar power. The European Union and the French Development Agency (AFD), both Power Africa partners, are currently constructing a 33 MW utility-scale solar plant in Burkina Faso, the country’s first and slated to be the largest solar plant in the Sahel. However, Burkina Faso has little to no experience working with independent power producers, and its national utility SONABEL is vertically integrated. In addition, connecting to the grid in urban centers of Burkina Faso can cost up to $270 per connection, one of the highest connection charges in sub-Saharan Africa.

GENERATION CAPACITY

Installed Capacity: 285 MW

  • Diesel and HFO: 253 MW

  • Hydro: 32 MW

Power Africa New MW to Date

  • Reached Financial Close: N/A

CONNECTIONS

Current Access Rate: 18%

  • Rural: 1%  Urban: 58%

Households without Power: 3 million

  • Target: Increase national access rate from 18% to 45% in 2020

Power Africa New Off-Grid Connections: 157,100

INVESTMENT AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

Biggest Issues and Bottlenecks

  1. No legal or regulatory framework for independent power producers and limited experience with IPPs
  2. National utility SONABEL is not a creditworthy off-taker
  3. High cost for new on-grid connections and nascent off-grid sector

Power Africa Interventions

  1. Power Africa provides transaction support to developers and off-grid companies seeking to scale up operations across West Africa.

POWER AFRICA’S ENGAGEMENT IN BURKINA FASO

MW GENERATION

In 2017, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to Société de Production d'Energie Solaire de Kodéni SAS for a feasibility study for two 17 MW solar photovoltaic plants near the villages of Pá and Kodéni in Burkina Faso. The solar plants are being developed by BioTherm Energy, a Power Africa partner.

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Last updated: March 28, 2018

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