Created on a turnkey basis by Omexom (VINCI Energies), the Zagtouli solar power plant, located in the suburbs of Ouagadougou, in central Burkina Faso, was recently opened in the presence, notably, of French President Emmanuel Macron.
With an installed capacity of 33.7 MW, it is built on behalf of Sonabel (National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso) by a consortium of companies of which VINCI Energies is part, thanks to the expertise of Omexom. The project is financed by a grant from the EDF (European Development Fund) and a loan from the AFD (French Development Agency). Funding that requires providers to use supplies from the European Union or the ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific).
The plant consists of 130,000 polycrystalline silicon panels with a peak unit power (maximum sunshine) of 260 W, 1,800 structures of 72 modules inclined at 15 degrees and 32 inverters of 1 MW. These inverters are used to transform the DC current into a 33 kV AC output. The plant is then connected to the Zagtouli transformer station.
A 17 MW extension is also planned on this site, financed by the EIB (European Investment Bank). When in service, Zagtouli will be the largest photovoltaic power plant in West Africa.