The first ever solar power park is to be constructed in Namibia. The solar power project which is under the ownership of InnoSun- a French investor will be constructed at a cost of US $10.79m. With work commencing from the beginning of next year, the power park will add 4.5MW of electricity to the national power grid. This marks the first renewable energy project to be carried out by an Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the country.
Its proposed location is 5 kilometers South of Omaruru and it will be called Omburu Solar Park. The Park will be set up on 15 hectares of land and will have 30, 000 solar panels. The solar panels will have self-adjusting tracker mountings that will align them with the direction of the sun all day long.
According to Isak Katali- the Minister of Mines and Energy in Namibia, “the country has enough renewable energy which has to be tapped into”. He indicated that Namibia needs to be dependent on its own energy sources and stop depending on other countries for help. He also said investors played an important role in ensuring energy security.
Pulinus Shalimba- MD of NamPower noted that the dependency for power supply among the Southern African Development Community (SADC) resulted in power shortages due to economic and population growth, thus affecting all countries. It however became imperative for individual countries to take care of their needs.
The country has also launched other power projects such as the Kudu gas power plant, whose output is to be added into the Namibian and South Africa electricity grid.