The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

Renewable Energy Project Under Way in Botswana

In a bid to promote clean energy use and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and the emission of carbon dioxide, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Government of Botswana and the Botswana Power Corporation, are launching a renewable energy project aimed at assisting Botswana's rural communities.

The project aims at equipping some 65,000 households with solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) lighting instead of paraffin, by 2011, to help power more than 5,000 households that use domestic cooking gas as their source. The project will also facilitate the development of policy and institutional arrangements conducive to the integration and provision of off-grid renewable energy services within the country's electricity programs, while also creating awareness among the general public about the advantages of clean solar energy. This renewable energy-based project is funded for a period of five years by UNDP's Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Botswana to the tune of US$8.6 million, with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) as the implanting partner. Initially some 88 off-grid villages will benefit from this project using solar-powered heating systems and lighting appliances. Lessons learned will then be replicated throughout the country and integrated into the national electrical grid to promote renewable energy use nationwide. "The program is envisaged to see Botswana make significant progress in the attainment of a number of the Millennium Development Goals," said UNDP Energy & Environment Unit Manager, Leonard Dikobe. The value of renewable energy in development provides power to run primary schools, health clinics, local government centers, rural businesses and households. Specific benefits include communication equipment and electric lighting to enable evening classes for disadvantaged groups thereby freeing them for participation in village meetings, education and village governance. Health benefits include fighting diseases by boiling water, curtailing respiratory illnesses from indoor pollution that contribute to child mortality, improving medication and equipment requiring refrigeration and/or sterilization, providing electricity for communication (e.g., radio / TV) that can spread important public info about, for example, combating deadly diseases, and ending energy production and consumption's adverse effects on the environment (air pollution, land degradation, acidification of land and water, climate change). Ultimately, energy planning driven by development goals in other sectors (agriculture, commerce, small to medium-sized businesses, health, education) can enhance the much-needed global cooperation for development.
Untitled Document

RELATED ARTICLES

There is no current content available.

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

Volume 18, Issue 4
1507REW_C11

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @megcichon @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

5th Annual Hydro Plant Maintenance

Join maintenance professionals to discuss the challenges in maintenance ...

Presenting at Infocast's Utility Scale Solar Summit 2015

Oct. 21, 2015 4:30-5:15pm Albie Fong, National Director, Solar Frontier ...

Utility Scale Solar Summit 2015

Oct. 21, 2015 4:30-5:15pm Albie Fong, National Director, Solar Frontier ...

COMPANY BLOGS

Compression: That’s What It's All About

With Intersolar already 2 weeks behind us (how did that happen...

Clean Energy Patents Maintain High Levels in First Quarter, Solar L...

U.S. patents for Clean Energy technologies from the first quarter of 201...

Behind Every Good Decision

When something about your business isn’t working, you set out to c...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS