Access to clean and inexpensive energy is a priority of Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Energy, which aims to increase the national and rural electrification rates by 45% and 19% respectively by 2025.
The Government has signed a deal with Africa REN to build and operate Kodeni solar PV project.
The plant is located near Bobo-Dioulasso (2nd largest city in the country) and will be operationnal in Q3 2022.
For Bachir Ismaël Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Energy, the Kodeni Solar project is «essential for the energy autonomy of Burkina Faso. Solar energy is the cheapest and most abundant source of electricity for the country.»
Once constructed, Kodeni will be the largest solar PV plant in the country and will supply more than 100,000 households with green electricity.
Africa REN develops and operates competitive and reliable clean infrastructure solutions to expand access to power and promote energy self-sufficiency in African countries. Africa REN operates mainly in West Africa with the ambition to build a portfolio of solar and storage assets with a capacity of 250 MW by 2024. These assets are connected to the grid, or are off-grid to supply commercial and industrial companies with clean electricity. Africa REN operates the first solar power plant in West Africa, in Bokhol, Senegal.