Solarcentury Africa and Shumba Energy sign deal for 100MWp concession in Botswana

BOTSWANASolar power provider Solarcentury Africa and Shumba Energy, have signed a partnership agreement to jointly develop solar power projects in Southern Africa, including an initial 100 MWp concession in Botswana.

Shumba Energy, a major player in the Botswana energy sector, has chosen to include its Tati solar project in the new partnership, a major development for the project, which received approval from the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA) in early July 2021.

The project involves the construction of a solar photovoltaic plant in two phases of 50 MWp each with the first phase occupying 300 hectares of land near the town of Francistown in eastern Botswana

“We are both delighted to have been able to attract a partner of the caliber and experience of Solarcentury Africa, which has a proven track record of delivering sustainable projects that can deliver on Shumba’s vision of maximizing our contribution to achieving carbon neutrality within our wider business and on our continent,” says Alan Clegg, Chairman of Shumba Energy.

Through the Tati solar plant, the Gaborone-based company wants to diversify its portfolio of projects in Botswana, while at the same time enabling the southern African country to increase its installed capacity.

The Power Africa initiative estimates that Botswana, which is partly dependent on its neighbor South Africa for its electricity supply, has an installed capacity of 450 MW from the Morupule B coal-fired plant.

Faced with a demand of 550 MW, the country imports 150 MW from South Africa, a country facing load shedding.

For its part, Solarcentury Africa is embarking on the development of large-scale, grid-tied solar projects, just months after it was acquired by B.B. Energy (BBE), a London, UK-based oil and gas trader.

The solar power provider has an installed capacity of 2.1 GW of power sold to mining operators and large commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Africa and Its experience in developing solar projects is expected to contribute to the construction of the Tati solar plant, as well as other facilities in southern Africa.

This comes as Independent Power Producer (IPP) Sturdee Energy having signed two power purchase agreements (PPAs) for its Bobonong and Shakawe solar PV plants in Botswana with the state-owned Botswana Power Corporation (BPC).

Under the terms of the agreement, the state-owned company will purchase the electricity generated by the two solar power plants over a 25-year period.

The larger solar plant will be built in the Bobonong sub-district in the east of the country, with an expected capacity of 3 MWp.

The electricity generated by this plant will be fed into the BPC grid from a 66/33 kV substation. The Shakawe solar plant, with an expected capacity of 1 MWp, will be located in the north of the country and its output will feed into the Botswana national grid from the 33/11 kV Shakawe substation.

The Botswana government granted the first permits for the construction of the two solar plants in 2019, with the aim of diversifying its electricity mix.

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