Indigenous resources key to energy security and universal access in Botswana, report

A prominent objective of the policy is to substantially increase the penetration of renewable energy in Botswana [Image: courtesy]
Botswana—Significant wind and solar potential and abundant biomass residue present considerable opportunities for Botswana to enhance domestic energy security and increase access to modern energy services, according to a new rep[ort published today by the Internal renewable energy arena.

Short-to-medium term actions in term actions in the areas of policy, regulation, risk, and investment can create a more conducive environment for renewable development pin the country, per the report.

Renewable Readiness Assessment: Botswana developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Mineral resources, Green Technology and Energy Security (MMGE), compliments the Botswana National Energy policy recently adopted by parliament.

A prominent objective of the policy is to substantially increase the penetration of renewable in the country.

Botswana aims to sources 15 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030, and 36% by 2036. At the end of 2020, Botswana had 6 megawatts of installed renewables capacity.

“The release of assessment coincides with parliament’s recent adoption of a National Energy Policy, a prominent objective of which is to achieve substantive penetration of new and renewable energy self-sufficiency and energy security.” Spoke Lefoko Moagi, minister for mineral resources and energy security.

“This study augments ongoing national efforts to achieve this goal. Botswana is grateful for IRENA for its continued support.”

Around a third of Batswana currently lack access to electricity and the country’s power system is characterized by unreliable power supplies and high service costs.

To meet its peak power demand, Botswana currently relies on coal and imported petroleum products from South Africa and imports up to 15% of its electricity from neighboring countries.

The report notes domestic renewable resources can be harnessed to meet rising power demand, reduced dependency on power demand, reduce dependency on power imports, and diversity the country’s generations mix while mitigating climate change increasing access to clean, reliable electricity.

“Botswana has a significant endowment of renewable energy resources that if fully developed cold stimulate sustainable, economy-wide gains that benefit all Batswana,” said IRENA Director-General La Camera.