Gigawatt Global has been given two grants to develop a PV plant in the African country of Burundi.
Gigawatt Global hopes that the 7.5MW project will increase the country’s power generation capacity by 15%. At this time, only 4% of Burundi’s population has access to electricity.
The two grants provided to Gigawatt Global from Power Africa via the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) total out to around US$1 million.
The company expects to install the PV plant over a 15-hectare area in the Gitega region of Burundi. It is expected to generate electricity for around 60,000 households and cost around US$20 million.
Currently, Burundi only has 52MW of installed electrical capacity, 15.5MW of which comes from diesel generation.