Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Business

Going green

Going green
BPC CEO: David Kgoboko

BPC embarks on green energy projects

In a bid to improve supply and reduce its carbon footprint, Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) is undertaking green energy projects.

This was confirmed by the Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), David Kgoboko during a media briefing this week.

Kgoboko says BPC intends to play a facilitation role on Independent Power Producers (IPP) projects such as two 500 Megawatts (MW) stations to be built in Selebi Phikwe and Jwaneng.

Kgoboko, who was appointed to lead BPC last month, further revealed 12 grid-tied solar projects are also in the pipeline.

“Furthermore, we are exploring the possibility of using gas at our Orapa 90MW station,” added the CEO.

In January, IPP Tlou Energy announced it had signed a pilot Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with BPC for the 2MW of power from Tlou’s Lesedi Project.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The agreement enables the injection of power into the BPC grid, as well as facilitating the development of the power project and the sale of first power.

Tlou, which is listed on the Botswana Exchange (BSE), focuses on delivering cleaner electricity in Botswana and Southern Africa using gas and solar power.

Its first proposed development is the Lesedi Power Project, which the company aims to make a carbon-neutral plant.

Meanwhile, responding to the recent power cuts experienced across the country, Kgoboko admitted BPC has ‘significant challenges that need to be addressed urgently.

“We have a very unstable distribution network hence the recent recurring power outages induced by the rains,” said Kgoboko.

He also listed a rapid growth in demand experienced in recent years, aging infrastructure (both poles and switchgear), and maintenance backlog as contributing factors to the problem.

“To address this, the Corporation has embarked on a phased distribution refurbishment programme that should see this situation being turned around by end of this year.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

According to Kgoboko, the refurbishments have started with several projects, including dedicated transmission bulk supply substations for Mochudi, Tlokweng, and Ramotswa.

Currently, these villages are supplied through distribution lines from Mogoditshane and Broadhurst, whose capacity has reportedly been exceeded.

The corporation is also investing in Smart Grid, which Kgoboko believes will improve customer service regarding efficient fault detection and supply restoration.

The Smart Grid is expected to provide remote crediting of meters on the purchase of prepaid electricity.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YelloCard-Botswana
Advertisement
DStv Botswana
Advertisement
Emergency Assist 991
Advertisement
FNB Botswana

You May Also Like

News

Old Naledi Police are investigating a case in which a 31-year-old suspected thief suffered severe burns from an electric shock while attempting to steal...

News

It was all joy and happiness for Boitumelo Gaeboloke when he was announced as the winner of a brand new Mercedes Benz A200 Sedan...

News

Thamaga 10 accused of murder, rape and robbery in single night of terror The high-profile trial of 10 suspected members of a notorious Thamaga...

News

“This is amateurish for a pastor.” Hunyepa Botswana National Front (BNF) has dismissed utterances made by their 2019 Parliamentary candidate for Gaborone North, Haskins...

News

“My signing the CMB contract had no bearing at all in the functions of the board” Morupisi The embattled former Permanent Secretary (PSP) to...

News

Goat rescue ends in donkey bite for 11-year-old boy Attempting to rescue a goat, an 11-year-old schoolboy was rewarded for his bravery with a...

International

We are straight out of the Easter holidays so I will choose to focus on light news. But before I get into the main...

News

A 34-year-old Maun woman accused of almost frying her boyfriend’s penis with boiling cooking oil in a cold-hearted attack appeared before Magistrates Court this...

Entertainment

It hurts to see some leaders flagrantly flouting covid- 19 protocols when new positive cases are increasing by the day. The latest to be...

News

Two Werda women got sick and died after drinking traditional beer named Khadi at home in Hereford, about 50km from Werda. The two victims...

News

BRIDE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH GROOM’S DEATH What was meant to be a wedding celebration in Lotlhakane village turned into mourning over the Easter...

Entertainment

Within her first month as BFA CEO, Goaba Taylor is alleged to have embarked on a spring-cleaning mission already. Shaya has been told that...

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.