Essakane Solar SAS 

Burkina Faso

15MWp or 12MWac solar PV

The Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso receives its needed power from Africa’s largest engine-solar PV hybrid power plant delivered by Wärtsilä. Benefits for the mine include reduced fuel costs and a smaller carbon footprint. The capability to control and optimise the usage of the solar PV power and engines enables the gold mine to reduce its fuel consumption by an estimated 6 million litres per year and its annual CO2 emissions by 18,500 tons.

This project represents a major breakthrough in the industry. Hybrid solar PV-engine solutions will allow energy intensive industries to enter an era of more climate-friendly operations, improve business and increase resilience to oil price variations. EREN chose Wärtsilä for its outstanding track record in EPC projects in Africa and the company’s commitment to design, deliver and support a reliable hybrid solution like this.
Christophe Fleurence, Vice President, Business Development for Africa, EREN Renewable Energy


Providing a solution that
reduces fuel costs significantly

Ensuring a sustainable energy production for an off-grid gold mine


Delivery of a 15 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in hybrid operation with an existing thermal plant

Full EPC solar plant delivery including inverters, switchgear and control system


Reduced fuel consumption by approximately 6 million litres per year resulting in substantial savings

Environmental benefit through a reduced annual carbon footprint of 18,500 tons (CO2)

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Main data

   Customer   Essakane Solar SAS
   Type   Wärtsilä engine-solar PV hybrid power plant
   Operating mode   Solar power, with engines for backup run in island mode for gold mine
   PV-Panels   Approximately 130,000 photovoltaic panels
   Total output   15MWp or 12MWac solar PV
   Fuel   Solar PV power 
   Scope   Full EPC for the solar PV power plant
   Delivered   Operational March 2018

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Essakane Solar SAS Burkina Faso
Essakane Solar SAS Burkina Faso
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If you want to know more about the Essakane Solar SAS project, please contact

Demay, Christophe
Senior Business Development Manager, Africa West
Wärtsilä Energy Business

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