The global leading solar technology company LONGi has signed a partnership agreement with a specialist company in energy efficiency solutions, energy services and photovoltaic solar production, to supply 30MW of modules in Burkina Faso, Africa. The projects will be implemented from Q3 2020 and will be completed between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021.
File photo: LONGi modules deployed at a PV power plant in Minya West, Egypt
Based on a common understanding of sustainable development, both parties have agreed to support the development of photovoltaic power generation and promote energy transition in Africa through shared experience, expertise and technology. It is believed that the projects are part of Burkina Faso’s policy to accelerate its energy transition and reduce its electrical dependence, by taking advantage of renewable energies and, in particular, photovoltaic power generation.
As of 2017, there were still 840 million people worldwide living without electricity, and 96 countries had not yet achieved 100% electricity supply. According to a report released by the World Bank and other international agencies, there are more than 14 million people living without electricity in Burkina Faso, accounting for nearly 73% of the total population. The surging price of electricity and the lag of infrastructure construction remain the main factors leading to regions and populations without access to electricity.
The economic advantages and availability of photovoltaic power generation make it more convenient for deployment in off-grid areas in African countries, bringing stable and affordable clean energy to the population.
“We are very pleased to offer our high-efficiency solar modules to support the infrastructure construction and sustainable development of clean energy in Burkina Faso. LONGi’s advanced solar products will maximize the benefits of Africa's abundant solar resources and will bring a great return on investment for our customers. We believe that photovoltaic power generation will have a positive effect on Africa's economic activity, reduce energy and environmental costs and boost social development,” commented Dennis She, Senior Vice President, LONGi Solar.
It is estimated that the 30MW of LONGi modules will produce more than 42,000,000 Kwh of green electricity annually. Once the projects are completed, the shortage of electricity supply in this area could be at least partially resolved and that will also benefit more than 540,000 people in Burkina Faso, according to the per-capita annual consumption of electricity by the country’s total population.