Governments’ enthusiasm and drive to include renewable energy in their strategies, the factors which hinder many renewable energy projects have been removed.
Windiga Energy revealed last week the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso (SONABEL).
This agreement includes the development of a 20MW solar (PV) plant in Zina, Mouhoun Burkina Faso.
Chief executive officer, Benoit La Salle, of Windiga Energy a Canadian-based independent power producer, told media that the process of developing power projects in Africa was no longer a complicated process, it has become ‘easy’, reported sources at PowerPV Tech media.
La Salle added that due to government’s enthusiasm and drive to include renewable energy in their strategies, the factors which hinder many renewable energy projects have been removed.
This initiative is proceeding at a satisfactory pace and will produce an annual total of 34GWh of power, meeting 10 percent of Burkina Faso’s energy demands. Sources say the plant will be the largest solar (PV) project in sub-Saharan Africa.
‘It is extremely easy…Now that the governments have all included renewable energy in their strategies’, La Salle told PV Tech.
La Salle added: ‘The utilisation of renewables in the portfolio of the projects in Africa is now welcome and it is extremely easy.’
La Salle honestly told PV Tech that the biggest danger to their projects was not competition, but time.
‘Time. As soon as you’re an independent power producer, you’re biggest enemy is time.’
The Zina solar plant will be engineered and constructed under the expertise of Siemens German and financial partnerships were signed with the African Development Bank and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.
La Salle advised media that the 14 month construction would commence once financial close between the partners was reached. He remains optimistic that the US$40 million deal will close on 1 February 2015.
Windiga is involved in seven additional African power projects. Last week the IPP announced the development of two waste-to-power projects in West Africa’s Mauritania as well as a 20 year PPA 20MW solar plant in northern Tilli, Yatenga.