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Burkina Faso - “Desert to Power” Initiative - Yeleen Rural Electrification Project - Appraisal report


The Yeleen1 Rural Electrification Project is an investment operation for off-grid rural electrification using decentralised photovoltaic solar systems. The project targets approximately 100 localities nationwide. The objective of the project is to increase the electricity access rate in Burkina Faso and more specifically in rural areas by connecting 150,000 households, comprising 50,000 households to mini-green (solar) grids and 100,000 households through the installation of stand-alone solar kits (systems). The project will provide electricity access to approximately 945,000 inhabitants or nearly 5% of the country’s total population. The estimated total project cost is EUR 74.76 million. Donors participating in its funding are the Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and European Union through its Africa Investment Facility (EU-AfIF) for a total EUR 31.41 million (42% of total cost). The rest of the financing will be provided by the Government and ABER as well as private developers (equity and commercial loans) through a public-private partnership for power generation and distribution. The project will be executed over 48 months (2019-2022).

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