Solar Market Outlook in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is leading the way in renewable energy in West Africa. However, this wasn’t always the case – in fact, the country is playing catch up in terms of its commitment to clean energy.
The first solar plant – and also the largest in West Africa – is located in Zagtouli in Burkina Faso. This solar build is the solution to a cheap, reliable, and efficient source of energy in an area wherein over 19 million residents have no access to electricity. This solar plant is capable of producing up to 5% of the nation’s total energy supply.
Another effort to drive the solar power market in the country is through a public private partnership known as the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund. This development will cost 29 Million Euros and is capable of producing 30 MW of solar power. This is a major step for one of Africa’s poorest countries in terms of taking its solar energy industry to the next level.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso has an abundance of power equipment suppliers and distributors for individual and commercial use. It also has access to many other global suppliers and distributors.
Top 8 Major Seaports & Logistics in Burkina Faso
Despite being a landlocked country, it is possible to supply solar power equipment via major seaports near the African country. The major ports include Beregadougou and Koudougou. This makes it possible for the logistics and trade activity to include solar power equipment and parts for small or large scale installations.
What is a Solar-Window(BIPV)?
Solar Windows are the most common type of BIPVs. Used all over the world in residential buildings, houses, and commercial units. Solar Windows transform any building into a green building. With these windows, the cost of energy is tremendously reduced. Most off-grid houses use Solar Windows for power production.
Where is a Solar-Window used?
Solar Windows get used instead of ordinary glass windows: High-rise apartment buildings, office spaces, off-grid homes, regular homes, and high-tech modern homes.
Advantages of Solar-Windows over glass windows
Solar Windows surve a multitude of purposes when installed. Here are some of the examples
- Beneficial for tall buildings where rooftop PV installation is not possible
- Solar Panels on the windows convert light into electricity
- They Insulate the interiors from harmful UV rays
- The acoustic of the interiors is maintained
- Large windows and skylights have illuminating effect on the interiors
- Any building with Solar Windows becomes a green eco friendly building
- Cost savings on Energy bills
- Best for off grid houses
- Lesser carbon emission due to the use of renewable sources of energy
- Improves the overall look of any building
How does a Solar-Window work?
Solar Windows work just like any other solar panel or cell. Instead of glass in the windows, Solar Panels are integrated. Angle and position of the solar panels within the window frame is decided by the location direction of the windows to get the maximum sun exposure.
Sunlight passes through the Solar Cells and Solar concentrators. Photons are induced in the cells releasing the letrones in the circuit to make the current flow. All the power get stored in the batteries for use with the inverters.
Big brand names in the Solar-Window market?
Solar Window manufacturers make Solar glass that is integrated into the normal window frames. Some big Solar Glass manufacturers in the USA are:
- Flabeg Technical Glass
- Abrisa Technologies
- Ditto Sales, Inc.
- S.I. Howard Glass Co., Inc.
- Pegasus Glass
- Sinclair Glass