Canadian independent renewable energy power producer Windiga Energy is to become the first solar energy producer in Burkina Faso following a deal signed with the West African country this week.

Under the agreement, Siemens Energy Smart Generation Solutions will build and operate the 20MW photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Mouhoun province by the end of 2015, claiming to be the largest PV power station in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Signed by the Government of Burkina Faso, the deal includes a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the National Electricity Company of Burkina (SONABEL) for the purchase of entire electricity production of the facility for 25 years.

Benoit La Salle, president and chief executive officer at Windiga Energy, commented on the process of finalising the project: "We are very pleased with the support that we received from both the Governments of Burkina Faso and Canada allowing us to conclude this strategic agreement that will bring about the construction of a major renewable energy project and the launch of the solar energy industry in Burkina Faso."

Windiga Energy, which focuses on developing renewable energy plants in Sub-Saharan Africa, is seeking funding from the African Development Bank, the Frontier Markets Fund Managers and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.

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