60MW solar PV project in Botswana reaches financial close

  • The first 60MW of the 120 MW Mmadinare Solar Complex in Botswana has reached financial close. 
  • In August 2022, Scatec, and the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) signed a binding 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the construction of a 60 MW solar PV facility in the Mmadinare District.
  • In the third quarter 2023, Scatec was awarded a 60 MW expansion to the project, taking the total capacity to 120 MW.

Financing for the first 60 MW will be provided by the Rand Merchant Bank in Botswana and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Scatec owns 100% of the project and will be the designated engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company, as well as asset manager (AM) and operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider. Construction and operation of the power plants will be managed by Scatec’s organisation in South Africa.

The plant will be located near Mmadinare, close to the former mining town of Selebi-Phikwe, 400 kilometres Northeast of capital Gaborone.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

 

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