December 2016: Cowater to Begin New Rural Electrification Project in Burkina Faso
Following an official release by the Prime Minister of Canada, Cowater is pleased to announce it will soon begin implementation of a large rural electrification and economic growth project in Burkina Faso. The CAD $18.2M project, designed in partnership with Windiga Energy, was announced by Prime Minister Trudeau while attending the Summit of La Francophonie in Madagascar.
Impacting more than 150,000 people, the four-year project will work closely with the Burkina Faso Electrification Development Fund to increase rural electrification, engage rural consumers on the benefits of energy solutions, promote deployment of solar energy, and support community economic development in the Boucle du Mouhoun region of Burkina Faso. Economic development activities will increase energy access through innovative private sector participation in renewable energy market related initiatives.
“With the support of the Government of Canada, this exciting new project will provide people with access to clean and reliable energy to help create jobs and growth in rural Burkina Faso”, said David Baron, CEO of Cowater International.
The project also includes significant financial support from the Government of Burkina Faso and will be implemented in collaboration with Windiga Energy, building upon Cowater’s global experience supporting both on-grid and off-grid renewable energy solutions.