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JAMATAKA RECEIVES CLEAN SOLAR ENERGY
12/10/18
JAMATAKA RECEIVES CLEAN SOLAR ENERGY- Access to sustainable and regular electricity supply is crucial to uplifting rural areas’ socio-economic situations. Officiating at launch of the solar energy project in Jamataka on Tuesday, British High Commissioner, Ms Katy Ransome, said modern technologies of providing clean energy will come handy when comfronting climate change challenges.
Ms Ransome said over a 12 months period, project partners collaborated to develop a new clean technology providing electricity and hot water supported by a new energy Fintech service.

JAMATAKA RECEIVES CLEAN SOLAR ENERGY- Access to sustainable and regular electricity supply is crucial to uplifting rural areas’ socio-economic situations.

Officiating at launch of the solar energy project in Jamataka on Tuesday, British High Commissioner, Ms Katy Ransome, said modern technologies of providing clean energy will come handy when comfronting climate change challenges.
Ms Ransome said over a 12 months period, project partners collaborated to develop a new clean technology providing electricity and hot water supported by a new energy Fintech service.
She explained that SolarFin2Go was an integrated technology developed to supply clean energy into the African off grid energy market and the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals 7.
For his part, Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy (SPIRE2) commercialisation manager, Mr Dominic McLarnon, said the project was based on understanding that source of energy changed lives, and it would improve the quality of life for the people of Jamataka and catalyze the village economy.
Furthermore, Mr McLarnon stated that with Botswana having so plenty sun energy, it was necessary to take advantage of such and turn it into affordable clean energy.
He explained that some places such as Jamataka were not connected to the national grid because ‘it is very expensive’ to do such, hence taking government a long time to connect as many villages as possible to the grid.
He described the technology of providing modern clean energy in Jamataka as the first of its kind. He added that they did it in line with the Botswana government’s appeal for improved economy aligned with technology and innovation.
The MP for Shashe West, who is also Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Mr Fidelis Molao, said Jamataka was the only village in his constituency which was not connected to the grid.
He said with the innovation brought by the team from the UK and their local partners, Jamataka would have energy, which would be save for the environment while improving livelihoods.

Mr Molao said the team had promised to improve more on their innovation to the extent that they would end up manufacturing equipment required for the solar that had been installed in the primary school and teacher’s houses.
He, however, urged Jamataka residents to take care of the project to avoid missing out on the opportunities coming their way.
That, he noted, would change the setup of the village and even create employment for Batswana.
Jamakata has become an innovation centre following a partnership between Botswana based Empowered Fintech and the United Kingdom partners, The Centre for Sustainable Technology at the University of Ulster and DPSun, a Solar PV module manufacturer to come up with a unique project to provide clean and affordable modern energy. BOPA

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