Power Africa in Botswana

 

ENERGY SECTOR OVERVIEW

Botswana currently generates the bulk of its power from coal, and sits on large coal reserves of around 200 billion tons. Botswana also has coal bed methane reserves of 0.15 – 3.2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) at the Lesedi field.  The country also has significant solar potential, with 3,200 hours of sunshine per year,  and irradiance of 6640 Wh/m2/day.  Only a portion (450 MW) of installed capacity is available to produce power, and additional demand is met through electricity imports, primarily from South Africa.

GENERATION CAPACITY

  • Installed Capacity: 730 MW
    • Diesel: 730 mw
  • Power Africa New MW to Date Reached Financial Close: N/A
  • Power Africa 2020 Pipeline: 100 mw

CONNECTIONS

  • Current Access Rate: 60%
    • Rural: 54% Urban: 65%
  • People without Power: 211,000
    • Target: 100% Access by 2030
  • Power Africa New Connections: N/A

INVESTMENT AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

Biggest Issues and Bottlenecks

  1. The lack of an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)
  2. Uncertainties around independence and limited powers of Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA)
  3. Lack of experience with renewable energy, both on- and off-grid

Power Africa Interventions

  1. Support Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) 100 MW solar procurement
  2. Southern Africa Regional natural gas strategy
  3. Support to BERA to create regulatory frameworks, guidelines, and regulations

POWER AFRICA’S ENGAGEMENT IN BOTSWANA

MW GENERATION

Power Africa’s presence is nascent in Botswana, operating under the Southern Africa Energy Program, which commenced in 2017.  Power Africa is assisting with BPC’s ongoing procurement for 100 MW of solar PV.  If the tender is successful, this could draw more interest to Botswana, as the country’s credit rating and currency are noted to be stronger than other countries in the region.

ON-GRID CONNECTIONS

No planned activities.

OFF-GRID CONNECTIONS

No planned activities.

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Last updated: November 08, 2018

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