BURKINA FASO: AfDB Lends €48.82 Million for Rural Electrification through Solar Energy

TIn concrete terms, new customers of the public company will initially pay only 3,000 CFA francs (4.55 euros), compared to 90,000 to 218,000 CFA francs (137.20 euros to 332.33 euros) at present, and the remaining connection fees will be paid in monthly instalments spread over three years. This model is similar to the pay-as-you-go model used in the distribution of solar home systems(Sinoware SHS)in other sub-Saharan African countries.

According to the AfDB, Pedecel will contribute to improving access to electricity for the populations of the regional capitals and the outlying areas of the capital Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso and Koudougou, the country’s three largest cities, which have been “marked for the past decade by significant spatial and demographic development”. At least 218,400 households will be connected to the national electricity network thanks to this project, representing approximately 1,528,800 inhabitants, including 790,390 women, a rate of 51.7%.