Energy

Renewable and Energy Conservation Technology: Sechaba Consultants carried out a detailed study of energy use throughout the country for the Department of Energy in 1993.  A specific outcome of this study was an analysis of the use of energy-conserving devices and house construction.

 

Dissemination of Photo-Voltaic and House Construction Systems: Based on the 1993 study, the German Government asked Sechaba Consultants in 1996 to disseminate information and technology on photo-voltaic systems and energy-efficient house construction, particularly in rural and peri-urban areas in Lesotho.

 

Access to Electricity Study, Lesotho Electricity Corporation and the World Bank (2002).

This study focused on villages outside of the LEC service territory with a view to exploring off-grid energy solutions. A household survey was conducted in 28 purposively selected villages reflecting seven different future supply scenarios (ranging from grid-extension to solar, wind, mini-hydro and diesel-mini grid situations).  The bulk of the villages identified by Sechaba could be described as ‘rural service centres’ located in the mountains of the country. As a result of the study a number pilot projects were launched by the Department of Energy.

 

National Electrification Master Plan. This comprehensive planning exercise was carried out for the Department of Energy over a two-year period (2006-2007) by COWI Consultants (Denmark) and Sechaba. Sechaba took responsibility for identifying target settlements for grid expansion and off-grid projects. A description of over 100 settlements was provided with a detailed analysis of their viability with regard to electrification. A household survey was also conducted on the benefits of electrification. The Plan will guide Lesotho’s national electrification programme over the next 15 years.

 

Consumer Assessment. Willingness and Ability to Pay for Electricity. This study was on outcome of a broader assessment involving a Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) of the tariff and connection fee reform of the Lesotho Electricity Sector. As a way of helping GoL achieve its objective, the World Bank commissioned Sechaba to conduct an ‘Ability and Willingness to Pay Study’ for electricity services in Lesotho. The study designed to serve as an effective baseline from which actual improvements in electricity service delivery could be measured. In addition, it was produced to guide policy-makers in making well-informed decisions in the wake of the reform programme. 1200 interviews were conducted with non-connected households (including households that had made down payments for electricity but had not yet been connected), and 400 were conducted with connected households. Household interviews were conducted in four districts located in the ‘lowlands’ of Lesotho -- Maseru, Leribe, Berea and Mafeteng.

 

 

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