“Lesotho has been facing challenges with renewable energy since the sector contribution to Lesotho’s GDP is minimal” remarked the minister of Development planning honorable Selibe Mochoboroane at the Launch of Lesotho renewable energy and energy access project. (LREEAP).
Honourable Mochoboroane said with this special investment, it will make a significant contribution in spurring economic growth and job creation by implementing Ha Belo industrial zone electrification and Semonkong mini-grid retrofit.
He said the government’s decision to prioritize investments at Ha Belo industrial zone and Semo-nkong mini-grid was based on the level of unmet electricity demand and the relatively impact on livelihoods and economic activity.
“This is one of the landmark projects in the development history of Lesotho. Today we seal the commitment from the World Bank with the support of 40 million US dollars.
Taking into account the challenges facing the sector, the government articulated an ambitious vision to provide 100 percent of the population with improved access to electricity.” highlighted the Honourable Minister.
Furthermore, he also appreciated the programs aimed at addressing the challenges facing the nation
through the launch of LREEAP and the institutional strengthening of the sector also features prominently in the sector.
In conclusion, the Honourable Minister applauded all organisers for their excellent collaboration and also World Bank staff for providing the support and working tirelessly with the Ministry of Energy to see the project coming to an end.