Namibia inaugurates solar power plant

WINDHOEK, June 20 — Namibia on Thursday inaugurated a 37 megawatt solar power plant in Hardap region near capital Windhoek, cementing the country’s drive for cleaner energy sources.
Speaking at the inauguration of the plant, Namibian deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelius Shilunga said the plant will go a long way in quenching Namibia’s needs for power.
“The Hardap Solar PV Power Plant, which we are inaugurating today, attests to government’s effort in levelling the playing field and creating investment and competitive opportunities for Independent Power Producers (IPPs), to contribute to Namibia’s power supply,” said the deputy minister.
“These initiatives do not only target development spending in the country but play a vital role in the energy sector,” she said.
Shilunga added that Namibia imported 73 percent of its annual electricity requirements last year, signalling the highest import figure recorded since independence, mainly due to the drought experienced in the region, which affected generation at the Ruacana Power Station.
Between 1990 and 2009, the average annual imports stood at 48 percent and between 2010 and 2017, it was 38 percent, an indication that Namibia’s power is in need of local strengthening to alleviate its dependency on external sources, she said. – XINHUA