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AFD, AfDB in ambitious solar energy program for B/Faso

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have pledged to launch an ambitious solar energy program for Burkina Faso in January 2019, Energy Ministry sources have told APA.Through this initiative, the two institutions will to help Burkina Faso increase its energy supply and boost the energy supply for the populations.

The first phase concerns the implementation of urgent actions to address energy deficit problems.

It will involve the construction of large solar power stations of 10 megawatts and more, to be developed at sites located near high voltage lines and mini-solar power stations in the East, the South-West and the Sahel.

A revised target is to connect nearly 650,000 households to an electricity grid.

The studies will be completed by January 2018 and installation work is scheduled to begin in January 2019.

The second phase aims, in the long term to develop large power plants after the arrival of the northern-Nigeria-Niger-Burkina Faso dorsal interconnection line.

In this second phase, rural electrification will also be pursued, facilitating populations there to have access to an electrical grid, while at the same time making available to them the new electronic payment systems.

AFD and the AfDB have already committed themselves to mobilizing substantial amounts of money to fund preliminary studies, the results of which will be available by early 2018.

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