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Support the largest off-grid solar PV project in Burkina-Faso

Project Name : Essakane

Key Facts

40 jobs created locally
18,000 T CO2 saved / year
130,000 solar panels installed

Description

Project owner : Total Eren

This project delivers clean renewable energy electricity to the Essakane Gold Mine, reducing their fuel consumptions, because of the isolated location of the gold mine, reliable and sustainable around-theclock energy is vital.
The Essakane gold mine is located in the far north of the country, and isn’t connected to the national grid. Before the introduction of the Solar PV plant the mine was dependent on a fleet of diesel generators for its electricity supply.

Total Eren is an Independent Power Producer (IPP), which develops, finances, invests in, builds and operates renewable energy power plants (solar, wind, hydro) worldwide. It was founded in 2012 and is the dedicated renewable energy subsidiary of EREN Groupe, the leading player in natural resource efficiency.

Impact

The solar power plant is giving back to the local community.

1% of revenues generated by the project are invested in the community around the mine.

Thanks to this project, the Essakane gold mine is the first mine in the world to use renewable energy.

The project is a business case of African excellence and innovation. It paves the way on other groundbreaking initiatives in the field of clean energy across the continent.

Total Eren used the local workforce to build the plant.

The project hired 100 people for the construction phase and relies on 40 permanent technicians to ensure operation and maintenance.

For mining companies (operating 24/7) energy budget represents up to 30% of their operating costs.

The project enabled the plant to reduce its fuel consumption by 6 million liters per year.

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