A 4.5 GW solar build plan proposed by multilaterals and governments in Botswana and Namibia will present significant scaling challenges, requiring clear political momentum and a ramped tendering and development process, regional experts told New Energy Update. In August, the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Energy unveiled a [...]
Mega-solar projects – large-scale installations capable of producing upwards of hundreds of megawatts (MW) of power – are generating much-needed electricity in countries all over the world. In sunny southern Africa, however, a historic lack of public-private partnerships outside of South Africa and, until recently, Zambia, to develop such [...]
Highlights•Botswana has more than 1800 kWhy−1 of direct normal irradiance (DNI) which exceeds the threshold for economic viability of concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. Botswana has approximately 220,016 km2 of available land to support CSP plants, which represents approximately 38% of the total land area.•The largest proportion of available land relative [...]
Namibia is preparing its first 50 MW concentrated solar power project and Botswana has too plans to include renewable energy amongst its energy portfolio.
Concentrated solar power analysts have highlighted that Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe share common energy factors with South Africa.
A consortium of Spanish renewable energy consultants will lead a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for a planned 200-megawatt (MW) concentrating solar thermal power.
Concentrated solar energy in Africa is being implemented. Already, there are concentrated solar power projects in Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.