Sonabel has already floated the tenders for the projects and invited interested bidders to present their proposels for the 4 megawatt-scale PV plants.
The other two will have installed capacities of 2MW and 1MW and will be located in the towns of Diapaga and Gaoua, respectively.
The state Utility firm further revealed that the African Development Bank is supporting the tender.
The country’s urban population has an electricity penetration rate of 60%. This however tangentially drops to 3% when it comes to rural areas.
To address this challenge, Société Nationale d’électricité du Burkina Faso (Sonabel), the West African country’s national utility company has been working towards improving its power generation capacity.
However, there are currently several large-scale PV projects under development throughout the country.
For example, in February French PV developer Urbasolar – part of Axpo Group – started building a 30 MW solar plant in Pâ, in the Mouhoun Loop region of northwestern Burkina Faso.
The project pipeline also includes projects with capacities of 20 MW and 15 MW which are being developed by a consortium formed by France’s Quadran and Spain’s Soltech and Syscom.
The arrays will be built in Zano, Boulgou province, in southeastern Burkina Faso, and in Boucle de Mouhoun, in the central part of the country.