The Burkinabe State has worked to develop alternative and renewable energies such as solar energy, biofuels and hydroelectric energy. With regard to solar energy in particular, Burkina Faso has taken steps to create a favourable institutional, regulatory and fiscal environment to generate greater interest from private investors in the sector.
A pilot project has already begun, notably with the construction of the 33 MW solar power plant in Zagtouli, the largest in West Africa. The construction of two other pilot solar photovoltaic power plants in Ouaga and Kaya, as well as the construction of a 20 MW solar power plant in Mana are in sight.
With optimal sunshine (5.5 kWh/m2), Burkina Faso offers good provisions for the production of photovoltaic solar energy. The reform of the electricity sub-sector has created a favourable environment for the installation of independent energy producers in both urban and rural areas. In addition, the strong public interest in solar photovoltaic products for individual, creates favourable conditions for the installation of industrial units for the production of solar components such as batteries, plates, etc.