Botswana Power Corporation Awards Scatec ASA First Huge Scale Solar Agreement

Sep 2, 2022 10:42 AM ET
  • Scatec will certainly create the solar energy center with an acquired capacity of 50 MW at Selebi Phikwe.
  • The solar power plant will make sure that roughly 48,000 lots of CO2 emissions will be avoided and power roughly 20,000 homes annually.

Norway-based renewable energy leader Scatec has said that it has authorized a binding 25-year power acquisition agreement (PPA) with and the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) for the construction of a solar PV center with a gotten capacity of 50 megawatt.

The solar center will certainly be set up in Selibe Phikwe, a previous mining community situated in the eastern part of the country. The solar energy plant will certainly make sure that about 48,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be prevented and power roughly 20,000 households yearly.

Scatec stated that it possesses 100% of the project and will certainly be the designated engineering, procurement and construction company (EPC), asset manager, and O&M service provider.

Project Essential to Botswana's Energy Transition

Scatec terms it a substantial development for Botswana, and for the green energy transition in Sub-Saharan Africa. Significantly, Botswana is abundant in natural deposits and has substantial solar energy potential, obtaining over 3,200 hours of sunshine annually.

Although Botswana has 66% of Africa's coal resources, the nation's aspirations to drive a renewable resource transformation is clear to see. Neighbouring nation, South Africa, has actually shown that the transition to renewables can be economical and lasting-- whilst straightening to worldwide carbon emission decrease objectives.

Botswana aims at enhancing the renewable resources of energy to 15% in the nation's energy mix by 2030. Scatec likewise held that Botswana's vision 2036 asks for 50% renewable resource allocation by 2036, said Scatec.

Jan Fourie, General Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa, Scatec, claimed, "We are proud to have reached this landmark with the BPC-- demonstrating our ability to support and provide clean energy and infrastructure to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is likewise a considerable achievement for individuals of Botswana."

According to African Development Bank, Botswana had a complete power generation capacity of concerning 890 MW at the beginning of this year and about 99 per cent is coal dependent. The country had last year authorized the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to balance the power market with renewable resources addition. The IRP adds to the introduction of at least 50MW and 100MW wind and solar PV capacity.

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