West Africa’s biggest solar farm has been launched in Zatubi, close to the capital city of Ouagadougou. It’s a 33 MW power plant built on an area of about 135 acres and is expected to supply power to thousands of households in the Burkino Faso.
An estimated $56.7 million has been spent to build the power plant. The amount was funded through donations from the European Union and a loan from by AFD, the public development bank of France. President of France, Emmanuel Marcon visited Roch Marc Kabore, the President of Burkinabe and joined hands to launch the solar farm.
According to reports, approximately 80% of the country’s population doesn’t have access to the national grid system and therefore, depend on environmentally harmful means of power generation. Out of a population of 17 million, only about 3,400,000 have access to electricity through the grid as of now.
By the year 2030, Burkino Faso is aiming at meeting over 30% of the population’s annual power needs. Due to the abundance of solar radiation in the region, most countries in Africa are shifting from hydroelectric and thermal energy to solar energy; and the solar energy sector in Africa is growing by leaps and bounds.