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Burundi: WBG approves $100m grant for rural solar

The World Bank Group’s International Development Association on 28 February approved a $100m grant to support rural electrification, along with a $60m grant for a community development programme supporting projects among vulnerable populations. The $100m grant will support the Solar Energy in Local Communities (Soleil) project – also known as Nyakiriza – which aims to almost double the electrification rate nationwide.The Soleil project aims to connect more than 91,000 families, 4,000 small businesses, 500 schools and 400 health centres to mini-grids or standalone solar systems with combined capacity of around 17MW.

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