Despite being one of Africa’s smallest countries, Eswatini has a diverse topography and climate.
However, like many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eswatini’s electricity infrastructure relies heavily on imports. And while the costs of these imports have historically been relatively low, Eskom’s power constraints mean Eswatini will not be able to rely on imports from the power utility.
The country is looking to reduce its dependency on other nations for its power, and one way it is hoping to achieve this is via the implementation of renewable energy.
As a member of the Sustainable Energy for All ‘SE4ALL’ initiative, Eswatini has developed an action plan to increase renewable energy generation to 50% by 2030.
With little to no solar PV installed in the country, SegenSolar is working hard to electrify the country with solar. Currently, 81% of the population has access to electricity, but the goal is to reach universal access by 2022.
There is also no tax exemption for PV in the country.
Noteworthy solar power developments in Eswatini include:
- Completion of a 10 MW solar PV plant in Lavumisa
Completed in mid-2021 and with a €255-million investment to date, the Lavumisa power plant will generate a capacity of 13.75 MW to deliver a guaranteed capacity of 10MW with a yearly yield of c. 22GWh.
- Approval for a 40 MW project via the Swaziland Electricity Company
- An 850 kW project is in the pipeline for King Mswati III International Airport
SegenSolar is excited to offer a variety of solar products from leading manufacturers to support Eswatini’s growing solar market.