- GreenYellow, the renewable energy unit of France’s Casino Group, has begun work on a 30 MW solar power plant in Nagréongo, in Burkina Faso’s Oubritenga province.
- The facility is expected to be commissioned in mid-2021 and to produce 50 GWh of green electricity annually.
Burkina Faso’s Energy Minister, Bachir Ismael, said at the groundbreaking ceremony that the country is developing 16 solar projects to help boost the energy supply.
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According to GreenYellow, construction of its solar power plant will be completed in mid-2021. The 30 MWp generated by the solar power plant will be evacuated via an existing substation, as well as a 21 km overhead (33 kV) transmission line, the financing and construction of which will be financed by GreenYellow. Ownership of the line will then be transferred to the National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso (SONABEL).
The state-owned company will be responsible for operating and maintaining the line. It will also purchase electricity from the Nagréongo solar farm under a power purchase agreement (PPA). According to GreenYellow, its solar power plant will be able to provide 50 GWh of electricity per year while avoiding the emission of 27,500 tonnes of CO2 over the same period.
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The project also spins off the installation of solar street lamps at the Nagréongo health and social promotion centre (CSPS), the local market plus high school, as part of a socio-economic initiative.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal