Biden Administration Picks 5 GW Mega Solar Project in Africa

Apr 29, 2021 12:20 PM ET
  • Mega Solar is a partnership in between the Govts of Namibia and also Botswana, and others, which is expected to create as much as 5 GW of solar energy.

United States President Biden lately organized a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate to catalyse international aspiration to deal with the climate dilemma. The Summit convened world leaders to galvanize efforts to maintain the crucial objective of restricting warming up to 1.5 degrees Celsius available. The Biden-Harris Administration selected the Mega Solar Project as an end result of the Summit.

Mega Solar is a collaboration in between the Governments of Namibia as well as Botswana, and also others, which is anticipated to create up to 5 gigawatts of solar power. The project is a part of USAID's Power Africa Effort, which is dedicated to assisting the southerly Africa area transform from reliance on nonrenewable fuel sources to clean energy, enabling a path to decarbonization. A memorandum of intent was authorized between all partners this month.

" I am extremely thrilled that Namibia, Botswana, the United States, the World Bank, the International Financing Corporation, as well as the African Advancement Bank have actually taken important steps forward together on the Mega Solar Project," U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson stated. "Mega Solar will directly advance an objective stated in His Excellency Head of state Geingob's Harambee Prosperity Plan II for Namibia by accomplishing a safe as well as economical power supply."

" When totally realized, Mega Solar could be among the biggest solar parks in the world, generating 3,000-- 5,000 megawatts of power," Ambassador Johnson added. "This can change Namibia and also Botswana into two of the globe's most considerable manufacturers of solar power, sufficient to begin exporting renewable resource to the southern Africa area. Beyond the financial potential, Mega Solar will certainly aid decarbonize southern Africa as well as will certainly make a substantial contribution to global initiatives on climate modification."

The projects' first goal is to supply extra power from solar photovoltaic and also concentrated solar thermal innovations to satisfy neighborhood demand, an utmost benefit of the collaborative efforts of the Mega Solar companions in reinforcing the institutional and also technological ability along with lawful and also regulatory structures of the focal countries.

Mark Carrato, USAID's Coordinator of Power Africa, said, "Simply put, this landmark agreement, with Botswana and also Namibia demonstrating extraordinary leadership as well as partnership, relocates Mega Solar from the idea stage to the action stage."

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