Landmark solar power station due for construction

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

Contractors are due to submit tenders in Tokyo, Japan for the construction of a one-megawatt photo-voltaic (solar power) station, the first of its kind in Botswana.

The 1.11 billion yen (P87.3 million) power station will be built by Japanese contractors at the Japanese government’s expense, before being handed over to the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) to manage and maintain.

The facility is expected to become sub-Saharan Africa’s first solar power station if it is commissioned ahead of Eskom’s R6 billion plant planned for Upington, South Africa. The Upington project has secured funding from the African Development Bank, World Bank and financiers and is presently beyond the design stage.

The Botswana station, to be located in Phakalane and [continue reading]

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