Gov't drives clean energy growth with rooftop solar

solar panel to drive Government agenda
solar panel to drive Government agenda

A total of 30MW has been awarded to industrial, commercial and residential customers under the rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) programme, BusinessMonitor has learnt. Minerals and Energy minister, Lefoko Moagi said they launched the rooftop solar PV programme in 2020 in line with the government’s efforts to combat climate change and fulfil the international commitment to reduce green house gas emissions.

“The ministry is actively pursuing the development of offgrid solar PV solutions to provide electricity to remote areas that are currently not connected to the grid. This initiative will further increase renewable energy contribution to our energy mix,” he said when commissioning the Bobonong 3MW solar PV plant recently. Moagi said this will equally contribute to the country’s national renewable energy target while also aligning with the goal of reducing green house emissions by 15% by 2030 based on the 2010 levels. The rooftop solar programme was developed to create an environment in which end users can generate their own electricity and sell the excess to the Botswana Power Corporation. The programme covers household, commercial and industrial sectors. The Minerals minister further said they have identified the development of a 20MW dispatchable concentrated solar PV plant as part of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

The project is said to be under procurement and its anticipated realisation time is the next two to three years. In addition, the ministry plans to develop more solar PV plants wind and battery energy storage projects within the next three to five years. “These projects will contribute towards achieving or target of 50% contribution to power generation from renewable energy sources by 2036,” Moagi added. The 3MW Bobonong solar PV plant and Shakawe solar PV projects are the first two of the 12 small scale grid tied solar PV projects which will deliver a total of 35MW when all the sites are commissioned.

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