BOTSWANA – Sturdee Energy, a Sub-Saharan Africa-focused independent power producer (IPP), has signed two power purchase agreements with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) for the country’s first two solar PV IPP projects.
A 3MW (AC) solar PV project will be created in Bobonong in the central district of Botswana and a 1MW project will be built in Shakawe in the northwest of the country. Under the executed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), Sturdee Energy will sell electricity to BPC for 25 years.
The projects are expected to produce more than 10,000MW in their first year of operation.
“The signing of the two PPAs marks a major milestone for the adoption of renewable energy in Botswana’s new energy mix and increases energy security for our country in an environmentally sustainable manner, David Kgoboko, BPC CEO said.
“The two solar PV projects mark the beginning of the rollout of twelve grid-tied solar PV projects which are scheduled for completion by end of 2022. When realized, these projects will contribute a total of 35MW of clean energy to our grid,” he added.
The two projects were awarded in 2019 when Sturdee Energy started acquiring necessary permits and developing the project sites.
The projects entail an investment of around US$5.5 million and will contribute directly and indirectly to the supply of low-cost renewable energy to the country as well as local employment opportunities.
“The signings mark a major milestone for the adoption of renewable energy in Botswana’s new energy mix and increases energy security for our country in an environmentally sustainable manner”David Kgoboko – CEO, Botswana Power Corporation
According to the company, they are committing to citizen economic empowerment targets which include skills transfer to the people of Botswana and will also share experiences garnered from working on a similar solar project in Africa.
James White and Andrew Johnson, Sturdee Energy’s executive directors said that they were delighted to have been selected to deliver the first solar IPP projects in Botswana and the execution of the PPAs demonstrates significant progress towards realizing Botswana’s first IPP renewable energy projects.
This comes as Botswana, Namibia and the United States having concluded and signed a historic memorandum of intent (MOI) to create a Mega Solar project in the two southern African countries.
The Mega Solar project has the potential to bring renewable solar power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Botswana in the next two decades.
The project could transform Botswana from a net importer and consumer of unreliable coal power to a significant producer and exporter of renewable solar power, while also reducing Botswana’s carbon footprint.
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