Washington D.C. – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Société de Production d’Energie Solaire de Kodéni SAS today for a feasibility study for two 17 megawatt solar photovoltaic plants near the villages of Pá and Kodéni in Burkina Faso. The solar plants are being developed by BioTherm Energy, a South African renewable energy company.
Burkina Faso has one of the least developed energy sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Less than 20% of people have access to electricity, and there is a heavy reliance on expensive imported fuels. However, Burkina Faso has abundant solar resources, and these two plants will be amongst the first to demonstrate that potential, bringing lower cost energy to the people of Burkina Faso and driving economic growth.