Renewable Energy Rural Electrification Programme for Botswana
The project is aimed at increasing the use of solar energy through the provision of solar home systems for cooking and lighting in a number of rural villages in Botswana. Implementation of this project also resulted in the development a mobile mini-grid in the village of Sekhutlane in sothern Botswana. This project is also known as the Solar PV Project. It was initiatied in 2005 and will run till December 2013.
Responding to Botswana’s urgent call to introduce alternative fuels and reduce carbon emissions, the project brought an eco-friendly and creative solution to a problem that causes damage to both the environment and health through the introduction of solar power.
Project funding and implementation
The initiative is jointly funded by the Government and GEF and implemented by UNDP. Initial fund allocation for the project amounted to $6,6million ($3million of which is from GEF) and was meant to be utilised by 2010. However, Terminal Evaluation recommended that it be extended to December 2013 in order for the project to fully utilise the remaining funds amounting to $2.4million.
National implementing partners include: Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) - Energy Affairs Department and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC)- BPC Lesedi