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A Cooperation Project in Lesotho: Renewable Energy Potential Maps Embedded in a WebGIS Tool

TitleA Cooperation Project in Lesotho: Renewable Energy Potential Maps Embedded in a WebGIS Tool
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPasanisi, F., Righini Gaia, D'Isidoro Massimo, Vitali Lina, Briganti Gino, Grauso Sergio, Moretti Lorenzo, Tebano C., Zanini Gabriele, Mahahabisa Mabafokeng, Letuma Mosuoe, Raliselo Muso, and Seitlheko Mokhethi
Date PublishedJan-09-2021

In this paper the background, activities undertaken, and main outcomes of the cooperation project “Renewable Energy Potential Maps for Lesotho” are presented. The project was launched in 2018 in fulfilment of the Paris Agreement by the Italian Ministry for the Environment and the Lesotho Ministry of Energy and Meteorology, with the aim to facilitate the local Government in the future planning and development of renewable energy in the country. A user-orientedWebGIS platform was utilised to share and analyse the outcomes of the project: a hydrological map to recognize potential areas for power generation; a wind atlas to identify specific sites with the most potential for wind energy generation; a solar radiation map, defining the different levels of radiation intensity, useful to localise sites for photovoltaic production. Human capacity building and technology transfer were carried out to strengthen the local expertise and ability to manage and plan renewable energy sources exploitation. The implementation of the projectwas based on a fruitful collaboration between scientists and stakeholders at the same time giving the local authorities a useful dataset and tool for renewable energy growth in Lesotho.

Short TitleSustainability
Citation Key9228