Botswana: Solar-Powered Street Lights Electricity Saver

Nata — The introduction of solar powered streets lights would help save the already scanty electricity in Botswana, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Mr Eric Molale has said.

He was responding to a question posed by a Nata resident during President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi's kgotla meeting in the village this week.

The resident had wanted Minister Molale to apprise the villagers about government plans to install tower lights in Nata.

Government policy, he explained, was to allocate 20 street lights per constituency.

The minister said the lights were designed and manufactured by Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) to harness the abundant solar energy in Botswana.

He said the roll-out had slowed down as a result of interruptive adjustments from the pilot tests.

"The tests and trials revealed that the technical issues experienced before had been effectively managed and the lights were performing as anticipated. I believe this programme would soon re-start," he said.

Mr Molale noted that councils and other stakeholders had been encouraged to procure solar lights as the country was still experiencing a deficit in the production of electricity.

The lights, the minister said would be produced locally and thereby help create employment right from engaging locals as distributors to installation stage.

Minister Molale said the development demonstrated government's efforts to bring a viable and environmentally clean energy solution which people should take advantage of.

On other issues, Minister Molale urged Nata residents to adopt green technology to find solutions to existing problems adding that Batswana were sitting on things that could change their lives for the better if exploited.

For instance, he said residents could take advantage of overflowing human waste at the primary school and use it to generate gas that could help transform many lives.

The minister said scientific research and technology indicated that human and cattle waste could be rehabilitated into clean cooking gas and manure.

He said in places like Mahalapye and Serowe some people were using sewage water for watering plants which he said helped create much needed employment.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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