Renewable Energy Resource Mapping in Lesotho


Wind is a potentially significant source of energy for Lesotho, for its own use as well as for export to its neighbors. The Government identified three sites with high wind energy potential near Katse Dam, Mohale Dam and Mphaki in the South of Lesotho.

In 2011, the Government of Lesotho asked the International Finance Corporation (IFC)- a member of the World Bank Group focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries - to assist with the development of the sites.

This project is expected to act as a catalyst for the sector and will also create a benchmark for similar PPP projects in the future. The IFC is implementing the project in three phases:

  • Review of meso-scale wind model of Lesotho and assessment of topography, transport, logistics and grid access of the identified sites;
  • Installation of wind measurement equipment and coordination with the Government of Lesotho to prepare an options report. The options report will provide the Government with recommendations for appropriate project size, funding structure and estimated costs;
  • If the project is feasible, and the Government decides to proceed with a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) procurement, assistance to the Government in preparing tender documentation, as well as in holding investor conferences, finalizing tender documentation, evaluation of bids and signing of the PPP agreement.

The project is currently at the stage of collecting wind measurements from two masts, which once completed will be used for project feasibility and for validating the wind modeling already carried out so as to produce a final Wind Atlas.


Project Details
Project approved: February 2012
Expected completion: December 2017
ESMAP funding allocated: $200,000
Total project funding:  
Project lead: Dan Croft
Primary government counterpart: Ministry of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs
Scope: Wind mapping


Wind mapping: Coming soon

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