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Botswana to build solar plant

THE LONG-AWAITED construction of a 200 megawatts (MW) solar station in Botswana could soon become a reality after the national utility, the Botswana Power Corporation, moved the project from its scoping phase and pre-feasibility to feasibility study stage.

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SADC, partners strategize on regional energy development

The provision of reliable and sustainable energy continues to be a priority for southern Africa’s development agenda.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been experiencing energy shortfalls for more than a decade due to growth in demand, forcing most countries to implement demand side management programmes such as load shedding.

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Towards SADC cost-reflective tariffs

Another important measure is for the region to revive electricity regulation to attract investment in the sector.

SADC adopted the principle of cost-reflective tariffs as far back as 2004. However, most countries are failing to migrate to cost-reflective electricity tariffs due to challenges in raising local tariffs to cushion consumers.

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Introduction of energy-saving technology

The ministers called for an increase in Demand Side Management (DSM) programmes to allow the region to address its energy challenges in the short term, while mobilizing resources to develop new power generation projects that will add more electricity to the regional grid.

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