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Burkina Faso: Government to soon connect 125,000 new households to grid

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 17:48

(Ecofin Agency) - The Burkinabe government launched a program aimed at providing electricity to about 125,000 households from 63 villages in the North and North- Centre regions.

This CFA9 billion (about $6 million) project will be steered by the community infrastructure utility (SINCO) with support from technical partners including the EU and the French Development Agency.

In this regard, about twelve solar plants of 3.2 MW will be set. “The project perfectly falls in line with the President’s target to increase the share of renewable energy. The main point is to boost growth, offering job and wealth creation opportunities while protecting the environment,” Simon Compaoré (photo), the State minister at presidency, said during the launching ceremony.

Let’s note that the initiative is also part of the gradual internalization to meet energy demand. The country’s main energy partner is Côte d’Ivoire which accounts for 45% of the 300MW consumed in Burkina Faso.

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