The purpose of the NUL ERC is to respond to the energy and climate change challenges facing Lesotho by developing and/or adapting knowledge and technologies that enable smooth transition to a sustainable energy system. Furthermore, the ERC shall strive to develop human resource capacity in sustainable energy (through short courses and a master’s programme) and to perform relevant research that informs national energy policy for sustainable development. ERC carries out all-inclusive low-carbon research work (solar, wind, hydro, bio-energy, etc), social engineering (energy policy, economics, finance & project management, climate change & environment, etc), capacity building (training) and outreach programmes. The ERC is hosted by the Department of Physics & Electronics (DoPE). It has a group of multi-disciplinary scientists working collaboratively towards achieving clean power generation and efficient use of energy.
Be a leading national hub in energy efficiency and renewable energy studies, related knowledge and information management, and development-oriented activities.
To develop capacity in sustainable energy and renewable energy studies, conduct relevant RETs research geared towards social and economic development and provide scholarly expertise on energy matters through national energy policy advice, technical advisory services, training and community outreach pilot projects.