Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Mini-Solar Power Station
Explain your idea in details:
Objectives of the organisation are to seek environmental sustainability by green energy production and educating the public about climate change and green energy.The organisations most important activity is to establish a mini solar power station producing at least 1 megawatt of energy. Which is to be sold to L.E.C through an agreement which will indicate that a certain portion of the sold electricity should light up the street lights in this town of Hlotse. Proceeds from this agreement will enable the organisation to start a resource center which will mainly deal with activities aimed at educating the general public about climate change issues, energy and sustainability. Resource center activities include seminars, workshops and presentations on such issues. Not only at the centre but at schools and other institutions which feel they could like to become members of the organisation. Our innovative approaches are such that this would be a first Non Profit Organisation in Lesotho which seeks to strike such deals and agreements which will not only benefit the organisation itself but will benefit Basotho through rapid electrification processes and education on climate change and energy related issues. We will ensure that the power station is well maintained so as to keep our end of the deal of the agreement with L.E.C as we plan to expand and do off-grid electrification in the very remote areas of Lesotho where L..E.C grids have not yet arrived or been installed. The organisation after this mini solar farm pilot project will deal with different projects such as wind, hydro or combined projects to the extent that they further the objectives of the organisation .
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Lesotho by buying coal generated energy from states such as Mozambique and Republic of South Africa by this very action is playing a huge part in the carbon emissions that are ruining our environment. Such projects or ideas could serve as an awakening to government and private institutions of the possibility if renewable energy generation in this country especially when we consider the many available natural resources. Our target is to generate at least 10 megawatts of renewable energy in the next 5-8 years some of which is to be sold to L.E.C as it will be distributed to their grid and some will be off grid connections for the very remote areas. The resource center's target is simply to educate and create climate change awareness in our country; advocate for the inclusions of sustainability courses in primary school syllabus; have institutions and schools join campaigns which advocate for a green and sustainable Lesotho-particularly in the energy sector; have attachment projects for students who are members of the organisation at the centre and as well as at the power stations so that they familiarise themselves more with R.E. generation to mention but a few. We plan to use an open source software for simulation such as RETScreen which has a broad database of meteorological data including global horizontal irradiance and also database of various R.E systems components from different manufacturers. L.E.C is duty bound to buy electricity from R.E. producers in Lesotho as the Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority stipulates (water and electricity licencing body). Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) which produces 72-80 MW of electricity through hydro, the agreement between L.E.C and LHDA stipulates that's the L.E.C must first purchase as much as is possible of the electricity Lesotho requires from LHDA before purchasing from any source. Such clauses we would like.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our business model is such that we wish to sell green electricity to the Lesotho Electrical Cooperation by way of agreement with the said cooperation as they too would like to see other small enterprises from Lesotho produce electricity which does not harm our environment and at the same time is affordable. Our offer to this problem is first at least a 1 MW mini solar farm in Lesotho, Leribe Hlotse. The agreement that we seek to strike with LEC is such that, out of the total electrical output the necessary electricity needed by the district administrators office to light up the street lights should be free and LEC should not pay the organisation for such, the remainder of the output will be paid for so as to support the maintenance of the organisation and to also enable the organisation to start a resource center which will deal with another aspect of the main objectives of the organisation; green power generation. The necessary resources for this project is land and office space; both of which are easily obtainable as we are in the process of having such I'm the names of the organisation. We will from that point need solar panels, poles, cables, storage facility of energy for days without sunshine and all other necessary equipment to enable the implementation of this start up project for the organisation. Under the prevailing conditions in this country such a project is not financially viable without incentives such as grants and support from possible investors and collaborators. It would be important to highlight that at this stage the organisation is still looking for investors and possible affiliation organisation to help in furthering the objectives of the organisation. The business model will allow for the organisation to further it's objectives once this start up projectisofftheground.
My name is Mafa Shadrack Nkhasi, born in the 2nd of June 1992 in Hlotse, Leribe. I studied primary and high school around this parts and made way to the National University of Lesotho wherein I obtained my LLB degree, currently I am a part time LLM student in Environmental Law and Governance writing my thesis on the legal framework of renewable energy in Lesotho. This very research has since given me interest on issues of green energy and I have since been very passionate about mitigating climate change and its effects especially because in this country, farmers are hardly crippled by this situation, particularly in a country where most people in rural areas have no idea as to what climate change is and why their crops are facing such intense challenges; they do not know, they are not aware. This is why the organisation seeks to teach and educate the general public the best way it can on such issues, also what the solutions are to combating climate change. I am not a smart man but I am a very hard working individual; a man of faith as well who knows that to get things done, I must put in the necessary effort. Nothing is ever easy but with the right motivation and intention, a lot can be accomplished. I am a freelance photographer which is something I am to use to tell stories about the challenges we as Basotho are facing, which are brought about by climate change. I have been in the Eyeem Magazine Diversity issue which was focusing on young and upcoming photographers in Africa. I always view this as my success as I am a self taught photographer and to be counted amongst such talented people has truly been an honour; I feel it goes to show character.