Power Africa in Eswatini

 

ENERGY SECTOR OVERVIEW

The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) operates four hydropower stations, which provide 60.4 MW of power and are 15-17% of the total energy consumed in Swaziland. The rest of the power used is imported from South Africa (ESKOM) and some from Mozambique (EDM).

GENERATION CAPACITY

  • Installed Capacity: 60 MW
    • Hydro: 60 MW
  • Power Africa New MW to Date Reached Financial Close: N/A
  • Power Africa 2030 Pipeline: N/A

CONNECTIONS

  • Current Access Rate: 84%
    • Rural: 71% Urban: 90%
  • Households without Power: 46,948
    • Target: Universal Access by 2025
  • Power Africa New Connections to Date: N/A

INVESTMENT AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

Biggest Issues

  1. Lack of SEC capacity to design and execute on a solar tender
  2. Need for incentives to improve electricity service performance and system to track performance standards
  3. Lack of financing for and ability to financially close large cross-border interconnectors

Power Africa Interventions

  1. Power Africa will work with SERA and SEC to determine the best approach for a solar tender
  2. Support development and tracking of KPIs
  3. The South Africa Energy Program (SAEP) team will work to improve the planning, operational, and trading capabilities of SEC and other market participants

POWER AFRICA’S ENGAGEMENT IN ESWATINI

MW GENERATION

Power Africa’s presence is nascent in eSwatini, operating under the Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP), which commenced in 2017. Power Africa is assisting with the 5 MW Lavumisa solar tender.

CONNECTIONS

As Power Africa has only recently started its work plan in Swaziland, this is still TBD.

FACT SHEET

Last updated: August 24, 2018

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