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Solar continues to make inroads into Africa.  For example construction recently started on a 600 MW solar plant in DRC.

Hopefully this massive 5,000 MW project gets broken into chunks and we see articles about 50MW solar plants under construction in the near future. Huge projects like this seem to have a tough time getting off the ground.

Currently Botswana and Namibia get most of their electricity from coal - including imports from unreliable South Africa.

Note: 6M in population between the two countries - so this is a LOT of solar.

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Matt Chester on Aug 25, 2020

Currently Botswana and Namibia get most of their electricity from coal - including imports from unreliable South Africa.

In the short-term, would it be fair to say the solar won't be directly replacing coal? I don't see mention of energy storage in this story, so is this more a strategy of build up solar now & start to eat into coal demand later? Hopefully  if it is broken up into different smaller chunk projects it's sufficiently distributed throughout the various population areas as well

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Jim Stack on Aug 25, 2020

Joe great post,   I love to see how developing countires with very unstable fuel sources are going solar. As you mention we hope they take advantage of making many smaller Distributed solar power plants so it will be more stable and close to the area of use. Some GRID battery storage would also make it better. Kenya is already a leader in Renewable Energy.

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