In a bid to ensure that energy is universally accessible and affordable in a sustainable manner, the Ministry of Energy and Meteorology (MEM) has launched the Lesotho Renewable Energy and Energy Access Project (LREEAP).
The project is meant to increase access to electricity with a minimal negative impact on environment in the country. Speaking at the launch on October 22, the Minister of Water Affairs Nkaku Kabi on behalf of his Energy and Meteorology Services counterpart said the objective of the project is to increase access to electricity in rural and peri-urban areas of Lesotho through grid extension to peri-urban areas, rural electrification by mini-grids, and to provide technical assistance and implementation support to the ministry for effective project implementation.
Mr Kabi said the project is aligned with international, regional as well as national sustainable socio-economic development aspirations, which include the United Nations (UN) sustainable development and global goals and the UN sustainable energy for all.
“It is also aligned with the national energy policy 2015-2025, which states that energy shall be universally accessible and affordable in a sustainable manner, with minimal negative impact on the environment,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, the Minister of
Development Planning, Selibe Mochoboroane said Lesotho has always faced challenges in respect of renewable energy.
He said considering the challenges encountered by the sector and knowing that electricity plays a major role in life, Lesotho has planned a better access to reliable and affordable energy sources, which will improve access to the population.
Mr Mochoboroane thanked the World Bank on behalf of the Lesotho government for providing support and working tirelessly with the ministry of energy to ensure that the project becomes a success.