The multi-stakeholder Mega Solar initiative represents Southern Africa’s largest solar power program and the first of its kind on the continent. Power Africa is providing and facilitating technical assistance to advance multi-phased procurement of up to 5 gigawatts of renewable solar energy with a focus on projects in Botswana and Namibia.
With abundant sunlight and high solar irradiance potential, Southern Africa is an ideal location for large-scale solar power projects. The first phase of the Mega Solar initiative centers on the competitive procurement of 300-500 megawatts of solar power in Namibia and Botswana, which will catalyze the procurement of additional generation that can supply low-cost renewable energy to neighboring countries once regional transmission lines are constructed.
The Mega Solar initiative is a commitment to large-scale solar development collaboration between Power Africa, the Governments of Botswana and Namibia, the African Development Bank, the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the International Finance Corporation.