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Burkina-Faso - Solar Plan: Yeleen Project - RAP Summary


Power production in Burkina Faso is mainly based on thermal power plants, with particularly high costs. There are interconnections with neighbouring countries, but imports are limited. Given the situation, Burkina Faso has decided to develop power production through solar power plant projects. One of the scheduled development programmes for solar energy is the Solar Plan supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), which assist the power utility (Société Nationale d’Électricité du Burkina, SONABEL) in its efforts to develop the Yeleen Project.

The project will install about 50 MWp of PV production capacity on a large power plant near Ouagadougou, North-West Ouaga (≈ 40 MWp) connected to a 90-kV power line, and three other plants located in major regional towns - Dori, Diapaga and Gaoua.

The environmental and social assessment of these components was conducted in compliance with World Bank and African Development Bank standards.

In terms of impacts on the resettlement of project-affected persons, only the Gaoua component is not concerned (land tenure by SONABEL) and therefore not included in this report.

Implementing the 90-kV line project required the drafting of a full resettlement action plan, and an abridged plan for Dori and Diapaga.

This summary has been prepared in accordance with the environmental and social requirements of Burkina Faso and the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Integrated Safeguards System (ISS) for Category 1 projects.

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