West Africa’s biggest solar farm launched in Burkina Faso.

West Africa’s biggest solar farm launched in Burkina Faso.
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West Africa’s biggest solar farm has been launched in Burkina Faso.

It is a 33-megawatt plant designed to power tens of thousands of households, AFP news agency reports.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is on a visit to the region, joined his Burkinabe counterpart Roch Marc Kabore for the inauguration of the 55-hectare (135-acre) farm in Zaktubi, outside the capital, Ouagadougou.

According to AFP, it cost $56.7m (£42.2m) to build and was funded by donations from the European Union and a loan from France’s development agency.

Only about 20% of Burkina Faso’s 17 million population has access to the electricity grid – with many people using wood or bottled butane gas, AFP says.

The country hopes to meet 30% its electricity needs through solar power by 2030, it adds.

Two other plants are also being planned.

Solar panels are seen during the inauguration ceremony of the solar energy power plant in Zaktubi, near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - 29 November 2017



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