Renewable Energy the Way to Go for Namibia – Amathila

THE use of renewable energy sources is the best option for Namibia, if the country is to meet its increasing energy demand.

This was said by the chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics, Natural Resources and Public Administration.

Ben Amathila explained that due to the shortage of energy, Namibia is using N$1,7 billion annually to buy power from other countries, while it could save this money by turning to renewable energy sources, such as solar energy.

“We pay too much for fossil fuel and not renewable energy. We have the sun and biomass, although the technology is not well developed,” said Amathila.

He stated that with a small population of 2,2 million people, poverty and unemployment in the country can be tackled by providing low-income households with a loan to have a solar panel for domestic energy uses and sell the surplus to the grid.

Such an initiative will create cleaner and safer energy and at the same time, create jobs. “The sun does not belong to anyone and does not cost anything. It is a potential we have but are very reluctant to embrace,” said Amathila.

He made this call when he officially launched a book, titled ‘Powering Namibia into the future – Towards Sustainable Energy Production’ in Windhoek recently. The book is a compilation of 24 articles and offers a multi-faceted insight into Namibia’s energy issues giving information about different ways of energy production, the protection of the environment and mitigation of climate change.

Absalom Shigwedha is a freelance environmental journalist.

Source : The Namibian