Botswana to add 600 MW of coal-fired and solar power by 2026

Botswana plans to add more 600 MW of solar and coal-fired power in the next six years as the country looks to wean itself off imports while also eyeing power exports.

Botswana currently has national demand of 600 MW, but recurring breakdowns at one of its main power stations have left the country reliant on imports and diesel generators. Reportedly, procurement for an additional 200 MW solar plant will start early next year, with completion expected in 2026, while a 10 MW coal-bed methane extraction plant is expected to be operational by 2025. Under a 20-year resource plan approved in August, procurement is also under way for a 100 MW solar photovoltaic plant due in 2022 and a 300 MW coal plant expected to come online by 2026.

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