The Future of Renewable Energy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Botswana: BIUST students and alumni shaping a sustainable society
11th May 2021, 09.00-11.00 hrs
As part of its Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement, Botswana is committed to reduce 15% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with the energy sector having a higher contribution. Hence, the Government of Botswana plans to integrate renewable energy into its energy system. Together with the support of various bodies, Botswana has come up with different strategies in support of a sustainable energy sector. The country targets to have renewable energy contribution
of 50% by March 2036. Achievement of these goals not only requires a supportive regulatory system, but the participation and development of key players to implement projects towards the realisation of these goals. To help stimulate the transition to a sustainable economy BIUST, Centre for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Sustainable Energy Research Group, is organising this webinar.
The event aims to share insightful knowledge about the potential of renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies in Botswana and present entrepreneurial opportunities that can encourage and create new jobs. Therefore, the webinar brings together Academics, Renewable Energy experts and diplomatic leaders with BIUST alumni and BIUST students.
Meeting members of the Agriculture community this morning in Jamataka and some other activities in the village.
Our team from BIUST and Empowered are already installed at Jamataka village. Plenty of work to be done.
SolaNetwork partners Mr Dominic McLarnon -SolaForm Ltd- and Mr. Sergio Cardamas -dpSun Ltd- have been invited to explore, learn and exploit new business models and entrepreneurship strategies for their respective companies and partnerships at one of the top business schools and entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world.
Ignite is an intensive, one-week training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.
“What are the measures that can be taken to support vulnerable population segments
affected by lack of electricity access in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic?”
Thursday, 14 May, 14:00 HRS EAT/13.30HRS SAT
In sub-Saharan Africa access to electricity in rural areas stands at 25% compared to 75% in urban areas. Up to 595 million people still do not have access to electricity in a season where many people are required to stay at home due to the raging COVID-19 global pandemic. According to GSMA, 75% of these people have mobile phones that need to be charged and they need to stay informed on the measures governments are taking to control the spread of the virus.
The Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE TAF) will host the second webinar on Gender and Social Inclusion in the off-grid energy sector counting with the participation of Chandi Mukuyana from SolaNetwork project. In the first webinar we learnt about GESI experiences in West Africa. This second webinar takes us to Southern Africa where experts from the region will share their experiences.
Use this link to register: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/Y4MjRxw
Having our first consultation meeting for #SolaNetwork at Jamataka, our second stage project. Our SolaNetwork will develop a community-scale decentralised smart #minigrid and a DESCO. One of the first of its kind in the region.
Our kick-off meeting with our Monitoring Officer from Innovate UK.