Namibia and Botswana look to build 5GW of solar plants over the next 20yrs

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council on Energy, which includes international entities such as the World Bank Group, African Development Bank and International Renewable Energy Agency, has revealed the governments of Botswana and Namibia are planning to develop 5 GW of solar capacity over the next two decades.

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The WEF said the project would be developed through a multi-phase procurement program. The two countries were described as ideal for gigawatt-scale solar due to their high solar radiation, strong legal and regulatory environments, suitable land availability and potential to host a low-cost, efficient electricity market to meet rising demand in the region.

“The market for electricity produced by the mega-solar projects in Botswana and Namibia includes 12 other countries in the region that could be connected via new and/or upgraded transmission infrastructure,” the WEF said.

Source / More : PV Magazine

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