South African firm BioTherm Energy received two grant awards in 2017 from the USTDA. As developer to Ghanaian company, Buipe Solar Ltd., the first of two official signing ceremonies saw the company receive a grant to support technical and environmental studies for a 20-MW solar PV plant in northern Ghana.
Earlier in March, BioTherm was informed that it had also been awarded a grant, for a feasibility study for two 17-MW solar PV plants in Burkina Faso. An official signing ceremony is set to be held in Burkina Faso on April 4. For the Burkina Faso project, BioTherm will develop the plants on behalf of Société de Production d'Energie Solaire de Kodéni SAS.
In both countries the studies will provide first class technical, environmental and social analysis among other things, ensuring that the solar projects meet international best practice standards.
“As an African developer receiving the second grant of this nature from USTDA, in under a year, is immensely encouraging,” asserts Jasandra Nyker, CEO of BioTherm Energy. “These grant awards clearly demonstrate continued confidence in BioTherm’s ability to deliver projects to world class standards."