World’s largest PV-diesel hybrid on the cards

May 30th, 2017, Published in Articles: Energize


EREN Renewable Energy and Africa Energy Management Platform have been appointed to build a new 15 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant to serve IAMGOLD’s Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso. Comprising almost 130 000 PV panels, the solar power plant will be added to the existing 55 MW heavy fuel power plant, creating the largest hybrid PV-diesel plant in the world and one of the largest solar facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Initiated mid-May, the construction of the PV power plant is set to last eight months. The gold mine is the largest privately-held business in the country, producing 377 000 ounces of gold in 2016. Due to its isolated location, the mine is off-grid and relies solely on costly and carbon-intensive diesel power. The new solar project will help to decrease the mine’s fuel consumption by approximately 6 Ml per year and reduce its annual CO2 emissions by nearly 18 500 t.

Contact Margot Le Guen, EREN Renewable Energy,


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