To be implemented in five countries including Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco, and Botswana, the GermanWatch-supported project will ensure a move towards renewable energy is inclusive and people-centred. But there is a danger that the big shift from fossil fuel could still be controlled by the big conglomerate, leaving the poor behind.
The Guard-Africa Initiative will catalyse conversations towards the accelerating implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia, Botswana, Morocco, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Gabon.
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $1 million grant in support of the energy transition in Botswana. The technical assistance project supports the Government of Botswana in closing critical gaps in policy, regulatory and legal frameworks, which were identified at the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP 2019).
The pumps are used to water wild animals in the better northern part of the southern African country known for its magnificent flora and fauna and currently rely on diesel generators.
Significant wind and solar potential and abundant biomass residues present considerable opportunities for Botswana to enhance domestic energy security and increase access to modern energy services, states IRENA in its report.
To meet its peak power demand, Botswana currently relies on coal and imported petroleum products from South Africa and imports up to 15 per cent of its electricity from neighbouring countries.
When the authors of May’s The Sky’s The Limit report named Botswana as the most ‘super-abundant’ renewable energy territory on earth, they can little have imagined how quickly the nation’s solar industry would leap forward.
Successful owners will sign an interconnection agreement and/or a 15-year licence and the utility will pay about US$7.24 per kWh of electricity.
The Botswana authorities have recently reached an agreement with the World Bank to develop a national strategic plan for the development of renewable energy in order to gain energy autonomy.