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Background and Objective of Assignment
The Government of Botswana (GoB) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing a project titled “Promoting production and utilization of Biogas from Agro-waste in South-Eastern Botswana (Biogas Project)”. The Biogas Project seeks to facilitate low-carbon investments in the production and utilization of biogas from agro-waste in the districts of South-eastern Botswana. The project aims to assist Government of Botswana through three project components:
i. Institutional strengthening and capacity development;
ii. Facilitation and establishment of biogas plants; and
iii. Setting up of utilization and knowledge platforms.
The overarching goal of Botswana’s energy policy is to provide affordable, reliable and adequate supply of energy for sustainable development, as well as to improve access to and efficient use of energy resources. The policy advocates for both on-grid and off-grid renewable energy applications, stating that the GoB will support and facilitate initiatives that increase the contribution of renewable energy to the energy supply mix in order to attain energy supply security and low carbon portfolio. Botswana having ratified the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) has committed to reduce the Green House Gases (GHGs) emissions by 15% (from 2010 emissions level) by the year 2030. Botswana further committed to conducting the necessary legislative review, develop a climate change policy and institutional framework supported by relevant strategies to achieve the intended targets.
The GoB through the Department of Energy (DOE) commissioned a Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) study in 2011. The aim of developing REFIT was to encourage greater and effective private sector participation in power generation in Botswana, in particular for renewable energy technologies (RETs), through establishment of regulatory mechanisms that reduce risk for investors and developers. REFIT was also developed to create an enabling environment for achieving Renewable Energy (RE) targets and goals. REFIT was not implemented mainly due to high proposed tariffs and additional funding required.
In light of the above, GoB in collaboration with UNDP are seeking the services of a team of Consultants to review and update the REFIT through the Biogas Project. The objective of the review is to advice the Government of Botswana on the up-to-date practical and effective ways of implementing and monitoring the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) programme considering global trends, cost implications as well as technical limitations. The consultancy firm will develop relevant capacity on REFIT strategies, international standards and appropriate guidelines among key stakeholders through workshops and tailor-made training programmes; and support the programme management staff, where applicable, on REFIT related issues