Concentrator Photovoltaic system inaugurated at Usib

USIB: NamPower has successfully coordinated the installation of the first-ever on-grid 26 kilowatt (kW) Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) system which will supply power to the Usib Primary School in the Rehoboth district.

Usib Primary School, located 80 kilometres south of Windhoek.

Speaking at the inauguration of the N.dollars 1 million system at Usib on Monday, NamPower Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba said the national power utility as power supply off-taker, operation and maintenance agent, entered into a co-operation agreement with international manufacturing company Soitec for the realisation of this project.

Local sub-contractor Alternative Energy Sources (Alensy) was contracted by Soitec to construct the system on their behalf.

Shilamba said knowledge on the operation and maintenance of the system has been transferred to NamPower employees for the past two years.

Three employees attended theoretical training in July 2013, with practical training conducted on-site.

“As soon as our employees complete the process for the acquisition of the necessary skills and expertise, NamPower will be fully responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system from the end of next year for the next 18 years,” Shilamba noted.

He said the technical commissioning of the system was done in July 2013, and the system has been dispatching electricity to the school since then.

Shilamba said the system consists of two Soitec CX-S320 modules which are mounted on a dual axis tracker that follows the sun.

He said the system ensures that the focus point of the concentrated sunlight is on the cells at every moment of the day to maximise power output.

“The CPV system has showed us the way forward in terms of suitable and renewable energy delivery for many of our communities, especially in rural areas,” he said.

SOURCE: NAMPA