Botswana has considerable unexploited renewable energy potential, especially as solar, wind and bioenergy and aims to use these renewables to achieve economic energy security and independence. Botswana announced at the end of 2020 that renewable energy would account for at least 15% of the country’s energy mix by 2030, with 50% renewable energy contribution to the energy mix by March 2036.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security (MMGE) in Botswana conducted a Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA), assessing the conditions for renewable energy deployment in Botswana.
The RRA report presents clear and practical steps to maximise the country’s use of renewables in driving sustainable socio-economic growth. It provides a set of recommendations specific to the country’s development of renewable energy and covers areas such as policy, regulation, risk, investment, skills development, electrification and generation, and end-use applications.
The recommendations from the report: