September 1 (Renewables Now) – Norwegian green energy producer Scatec ASA (OSL:SCATC) has won a project to build a 50 MW solar park in Botswana which is expected to enter commercial operation by the end of June 2024 .
The contract was awarded by Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) who signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Scatec to take power from the park for a period of 25 years.
The project, which includes the country’s first large-scale solar farm, will be located in the former mining town of Selibe Phikwe in eastern Botswana.
Once operational, the solar farm will provide electricity to around 20,000 homes and offset some 48,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Scatec will carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for the project, and then operate and maintain the power plant.
The deal with the Norwegian company is the sixth solar PPA signed by BPC, the public company said at a ceremony on Wednesday. The company has already awarded five projects for the development of small-scale solar power plants across the country, two of which are already under construction and the other three are in the financing stage.
Botswana aims to increase the share of renewable energy to 15% of its energy mix by 2030 and to increase it to 50% by 2036.
For Scatec, the project marks its expansion into sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier this week, the power producer accepted NOK 1.2 billion (USD 0.120 million/EUR 0.120 million) in guarantees to support its 540 MW solar and 225 MW battery storage project in South Africa .
(1 NOK = 0.100 USD/0.100 EUR)
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