Generate own electricity, says Au

Generate own electricity, says Au

MASERU – ENERGY Minister, Tsukutlane Au, wants Lesotho to use natural resources such as the wind and sun to generate more electricity.
Au said when that is done, there will be no need for Lesotho to buy electricity from other countries.
He said at present Lesotho is generating sufficient electricity it needs at ’Muela.
“Our country has plenty of those resources,” he said.

Au said they are making preparations to generate electricity in other places so that it will be enough for Basotho.
He urged small businesses to start generating electricity using the sun, wind and water.
“After that, the Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) will buy it from you not in other countries,” he said.
Au said the problem with buying electricity in other countries like South Africa is because they generate it using coal.
“That has a negative impact on the environment,” he said.

Au said if the country is taking out money to buy electricity that is generated using coal, this basically means we are participating in ruining the environment.
Au said this during the celebration of the Earth Hour on Thursday last week.
Earth Hour is the biggest individual voluntary climate change movement in the world.
Tumahole Lechesa, from Kaya Holdings, said Lesotho started celebrating Earth Hour in 2011.
He said their company and the Ministry of Energy are the ones who started celebrating it in this country.
Lechesa said they are more focused on how to save electricity so that they will not have to buy more from South Africa because it is generated through coal.

“Generating the electricity that way has an impact on the ozone layer,” he said.
Lechesa said instead of celebrating this day on March 30 like in other countries they chose to spread the message to Basotho through the internet to unplug non-essential electric appliances for one hour.
Lechesa said through that the country managed to save electricity.
LEC’s Risks Manager, ’Matšeliso Moremoholo, said saving electricity will not only save the environment but will also save the customers’ money.
Au said during this year’s Earth Hour, they managed to save six megawatts of electricity while last year they were able to save 4.7 megawatts.

“This is an improvement,” he said.
Au said they hope that next year they will save more electricity.
He said they want to save 10 megawatts if it will be possible.
The LEC has since 2005 been buying electricity from Electricidade de Mozambique. It also buys electricity from ’Muela Hydropower station situated in Butha-Buthe, while it purchases additional power from South Africa’s Eskom.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane


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