Botswana signs first two solar PV power purchase agreements

Sub-Saharan Africa focused independent power producer Sturdee Energy 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 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.

David Kgoboko, BPC CEO, said: “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.

“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 realised, these projects will contribute a total of 35MW of clean energy to our grid.”

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Source: EsiAfrica

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