Saturday, 29 November 2014

The first solar power plant in Erongo, Namibia

The first solar power plant in Namibia is expected to start production in early 2015 adding 4.5 MW of electricity to NamPower’s national grid. The N$ 84 million Omburu Solar Park, owned by French company InnoSun, is situated south of Omaruru and is the first renewable energy project in Namibia by an independent power producer (IPP).

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has provided finance for Namibia's first large-scale solar power plant. Omburu Sun Energy, owned by InnoSun Energy, a locally registered company, was established after InnoSun signed a power purchase agreement with NamPower in December 2013. Work on the facility has already begun. Once completed Omburu Sun Energy is expected to generate 4.5 megawatt for NamPower, or one percent of the country’s electricity needs. The electricity generated will reduce NamPower's requirement for fossil fuels in a clean and sustainable manner, the DBN’s press statement indicates.