Coal and Solar Dominate Botswana’s IRP

Botswana’s IRP aims to secure 1540 MW of new capacity by 2040. Under the plan, the country will build up to 800 MW of new PV capacity, 200 MW of CSP, 50 MW of wind, 140 GW of battery storage, as well as 300 MW of coal-fired and 250 MW of coal bed methane gas (CBM) capacity. The first gas to energy well was spudded in late 2018. Read more

Image credit: MMGE Botswana

Botswana has a total installed generation capacity of 852 megawatts, with peak daily demand running at about 600 MW. However, the country’s power plants are not efficient and it currently imports 50% of its needs from South Africa and Mozambique. Read more

The new build program will provide “competitive, cost-effective and sustainable electricity prices for industries, services and households,” the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, said in a statement.

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The IRP allocation to coal and coal methane power appears to form part the Botswana governments mixed messaging campaign on energy. In June 2020, the Botswana government issued generation licences for two new coal fired plants totalling 825MW. Read more

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