Ministry Looks Into Developing Solar Power

| April 14, 2015

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources does not have any specific plan to harness solar and wind generated electricity in the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Answering a question in Parliament on behalf of the Minister Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Mr Nonofo Molefhi said the ministry was aware of the abundance of solar energy country wide and efforts were being undertaken to improve the contribution of renewable energies into energy mix.

He said in order to exploit the solar energy potential, the ministry was in a process of calling for expression of interest from potential developers of solar power plants.

With regards to wind energy utilisation, he said they have observed that previous research initiatives had shown that wind speeds in Botswana, including in the Makgadikgadi Pans are generally low averaging three meters per second.

The wind speeds, he said were considered to be inadequate for power generation, and the intermittent availability of wind power in Botswana renders it unsuitable for the provision of quality power.

MP for Boteti East, Mr Setlhomo Lelatisitwe had asked the minister as to when he would consider solar and wind generated electricity in the Makgadikgadi Pans so as to harness the untapped natural resources that are environmentally friendly.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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