Solar Is Burkina Faso’s Future

The population of the Burkina Faso is approximately 21.00 million people[1]. In 2018, only 14.4% of the people in this Sub-Saharan African country had access to electricity[2].

Burkina Faso economy is ranked 15th among the forty-seven countries in Sub-Sahara Africa[3]. The country has limited natural resources and the economy is dependent on agriculture.

In 2016, the state power company, Société Nationale d’électricité du Burkina Faso (SONABEL) used petroleum (79.2%) and renewable energy in the Burkina Faso[4]. Hydropower is the dominant source of renewable energy in the country.

In 2016, Burkina Faso signed the Paris Climate Agreement[5], committing to a 6.6% unconditional reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below business-as-usual levels by 2030. The country further committed to a further 11.6% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions conditional upon international support.

On August 13, 2020, the Government of Burkina Faso received a US $450 million grant from the Government of the United States to increase access to electricity for the people of the country. The grant will be used to improve power generation infrastructure and increase power generation capacity. Installation of new solar photovoltaic power plants is a key component in increasing Burkina Faso’s power generation capacity.

 

Burkina Faso has limited wind, but significant solar energy potential. Solar photovoltaic systems could provide electricity everyone in this developing country. America’s grant will hopefully put Burkina Faso on a path of clean green energy which will provide power for everyone in the nation.

 

Jack Kerfoot

Website – “Our Energy Conundrum”

www.jackkerfoot.com

[1] Burkina Faso Population (2020) –  September 7, 2020 www.worldometers.info

[2] The World Bank – Burkina Faso

[3] The Heritage Foundation – Burkina Faso

[4] U.S. Office of Public Affairs – Burkina Faso

[5] Carbon Brief “Paris 2015: Tracking Country Climate Pledges”

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