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Burkina Faso Secures $48M from Chinese Bank for Solar Power Project

Burkina Faso has secured a significant investment of US $48 million from the Export-Import Bank of China to propel the development of the Donsin solar power plant project and its accompanying electricity storage system.

As reported by Energy News Africa, the project entails the construction of a 25 MWp solar power plant at the Donsin airport site, situated in the council of Loumbila in central Burkina Faso. Additionally, a 5 MW/20 MWh battery electricity storage system will be integrated into the infrastructure.

This endeavour underscores Burkina Faso’s steadfast commitment to fortifying its energy security and augmenting its domestic generating capacity.

By bolstering its generating capacity through renewable energy sources like solar power, Burkina Faso seeks to diminish its dependence on imported electricity. Presently, a substantial portion of Burkina Faso’s electricity, approximately 220 MW, is imported.

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The initiative aligns seamlessly with the nation’s objective of reinforcing its energy self-sufficiency and reducing reliance on external sources.

Furthermore, Burkina Faso’s emergence as a key producer of solar energy in the West African region is underscored by its installed capacity of 92 MWp, surpassing neighbouring countries such as Mauritania, Ivory Coast, and Mali.

The completion of the Donsin solar power plant is poised to elevate Burkina Faso’s stature in the renewable energy sector, further solidifying its position as a frontrunner in sustainable energy initiatives within the region.

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