Brightening Botswana’s Future: Botala Energy and AAAS Energy Join Forces for Solar Expansion

Botswana is poised for a significant boost in clean energy production as Botala Energy and AAAS Energy announced a collaborative effort to develop a solar power plant near Palapye. This ambitious project has the potential to generate up to 250 MW of solar capacity, significantly contributing to the country’s renewable energy goals.

“This partnership is a major step forward for Botswana’s energy security and its commitment to a sustainable future,” said Bruce Eadie, CEO of Botala Energy. “The Leupane Energy Hub presents an ideal location for this large-scale solar project, and AAAS Energy’s expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa makes them the perfect partner to bring this vision to life.”

AAAS Energy, with its extensive experience in developing solar PV parks across the region, shares Botala’s enthusiasm for the project. “We are excited to collaborate with Botala Energy on this landmark project,” commented David Leblanc, Director of AAAS Energy. “This initiative aligns perfectly with our mission to provide clean and affordable energy solutions that drive economic growth throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The collaboration extends beyond the initial 250 MW target. The ambitious plan envisions a potential expansion to accommodate a total of 500 MW of solar power generation alongside a 200 MW gas-fired power plant. This combined approach would ensure a reliable and balanced energy mix for Botswana.

To determine the project’s feasibility and pave the way for future development, Botala and AAAS Energy will work together to finalize a bankable feasibility study (BFS) by the end of 2024. This comprehensive study will assess key factors like project costs, ownership structures, funding options, and potential customers for the generated power.

“The BFS will play a crucial role in shaping the future of this project,” explained Eadie. “By thoroughly evaluating all aspects, we can ensure a commercially viable and sustainable development that benefits both Botswana and the partnering companies.”

The exploration of the merchant power station model is another noteworthy aspect of the project. This approach would involve selling the generated electricity directly through the Southern African Power Pool market, potentially reaching a wider customer base across the region.

This Botswana-based solar initiative holds significant promise for the future. It represents a collaborative effort to harness clean energy, foster economic growth, and illuminate a brighter future for Botswana and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.