Lesotho Increases Electricity Access With Renewables

Country Overview

The African country of the Kingdom of Lesotho is an enclave in Republic of South Africa. The population of Lesotho is approximately 2.35 million people.

In 2022, Lesotho’s economy was ranked 157th in gross domestic product (GDP) in the world. The country’s economy is dependent on the export of diamonds, knit women’s suits, non-knit men’s suits, wool, and low-voltage protection equipment.

Environmental Policies

In 2016, Lesotho is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Climate Agreement. Lesotho has formerly committed to curb climate change and promote sustainable development.

Power Generation Capabilities

In 2021, 50.4% of the people in Lesotho had access to electricity. In 2021, utilities in Lesotho only used renewable energy to generate electricity in the kingdom. Hydropower is the dominant type of renewable energy used to generate electricity in Lesotho.

Recent renewable energy projects in Lesotho include:

  • 70 MW Solar Project – People’s Republic of China company, TBEA Xinjiang New Energy is continuing work on the Mafeteng Ha Ramarothole Solar Photovoltaic Park project at a site approximately 35 miles southwest of the nation’s capital, Maseru.
  • 35 MW Wind Project – Australian company, PowerNET Developments has announced plans to build the Letseng La Terai Wind Farm at a site approximately 75 miles east-northeast of Maseru.

Conclusions

Lesotho has significant undeveloped renewable energy resources including solar, hydropower, biomass, and onshore wind. Lesotho generates 100% of its electricity with renewable energy and is now increasing electricity access across the nation with low-cost, reliable wind and solar power.

 

Jack Kerfoot

Website – “Our Energy Conundrum”

www.jackkerfoot.com

Jack Kerfoot is a scientist, energy expert, and author of the book FUELING AMERICA, An Insider’s Journey and articles for The Hill, one of the largest independent political news sites in the United States. He has been interviewed on over 100 radio, podcast, and television stations from New York City to Los Angeles on a diverse range of energy issues.

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