Renewable energy for power security

President Hifikepunye Pohamba said this week, Namibia must take advantage of the development in the renewable energy sector to promote security of power supply.
The Polytechnic of Namibia through the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI) in collaboration with various partners is doing research on a so-called Concentrated Solar Power Project. The ultimate aim is to increase the share of electricity generated from dedicated solar installations.
“In the National Integrated Resource Plan of Namibia, it is identified that 44mW of energy has to come from Wind and 50mW is earmarked as a key output for Concentrated Solar Power by 2017/2018 as a base load. This can then also cater for Namibia’s peak demand. It will also benefit the country in terms of reducing green house gas emissions as they are regarded as clean technologies,” said Helvi Ileka, the Energy Shop Project Coordinator at REEEI.
She said although more than 20 sites were identified as potential sites to construct solar power plants, only Gerus, Kokerboom, Hochland, Skorpion Mine and Auasnek were recommended as the top five sites.