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USTDA Awards Grant to OnePower Lesotho to Develop 20-MW Solar Power Plant

May 28, 2019
CDM Smith to conduct a feasiblity study as part of the USTDA-awarded grant for the photo­voltaic power plant in western Lesotho.

ARLINGTON, Virginia—The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a feasibility study grant to OnePower Lesotho (Proprietary) Limited (“OnePower”), to develop a 20-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in western Lesotho. The plant will support the country’s goal of achieving 90-percent electricity access by 2020, with renewable generation comprising at least 200 MW of its capacity.

The project will also create opportunities for American firms to supply renewable energy solutions to Lesotho. Boston-based CDM Smith will conduct the study, which will finalize remaining preparation work the project needs to attract financing and reach implementation.

"Our partnership with OnePower and CDM Smith will transform Lesotho’s energy sector, as well as demonstrate how U.S. expertise can advance the development of sustainable infrastructure,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Director (Acting). “This unique project – the first utility-scale solar plant in Lesotho – represents what USTDA is all about.”

“We look forward to working with USTDA and having their support,” said Dr. Matt Orosz, Chief Executive Officer at OnePower. “USTDA’s contributions will ultimately allow Lesotho to harness its solar resources and provide a starting point for energy sector growth and development in the country.”

U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho Rebecca Gonzales added: “My colleagues and I enthusiastically support developments that increase electricity access, and the OnePower project can one day make Lesotho energy independent, and a net exporter of energy in the future.”

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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