Canada-based renewable energy producer Windiga Energy is anticipated to become the first independent solar energy producer in Burkina Faso. With representatives from the government of Burkina Faso signing the agreement to allow Windiga Energy to enter the energy market in the country, a 20 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant is scheduled to be built in Zina in the Mouhoun province.
Siemens Energy Smart Generation Solutions will build the facility and the National Electricity Company of Burkina (SONABEL) will buy the electricity generated from the power plant under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
According to Windiga Energy, the government of Burkina Faso aims to become energy independent by 2025.
"We are very pleased with the support that we received from both the governments of Burkina Faso and Canada allowing us to conclude this strategic agreement that will bring about the construction of a major renewable energy project and the launch of the solar energy industry in Burkina Faso," said Benoit La Salle, president and CEO of Windiga Energy.
The facility in Zina is expected to be finished at the end of 2015.