NamPower aims to increase renewable energy by 100 MW

Nampower says since the commencement of the Green Hydrogen Project, the focus and impact of the combined magnitude of between 5 000 to 7 000 MW of renewable power to be generated for the project, as well as what may be available for off-take, have become critical considerations for its business.

The company says collaboration with the government and ensuring representation for NamPower’s future sustainability is therefore essential.

As part of its Integrated Strategy and Business Plan (ISBP) 2020-2025, NamPower intends to move towards a cleaner fuel mix for electricity generation by increasing generation from renewable energy sources by 100 MW. This will be accomplished by investing in renewable energy generation technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, and biomass, in line with Namibia’s revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets submitted to United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

NamPower is currently implementing renewable projects which will mitigate the impact of climate change by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in its generation operations.

This includes the newly constructed and commissioned 20 MW Omburu Solar PV and more than 100 MW planned generation projects ranging from wind, battery energy storage system, solar, and biomass.

NamPower has added 20 MW to its generation capacity by successfully commissioning its new Omburu 20 MW PV Power Station, NamPower’s first fully owned and operated renewable energy project. The power station is situated 12 km outside the town of Omaruru in the Erongo Region and covers 42 ha.

The Omburu PV Power Station, including NamPower’s other planned renewable energy generation projects, will reduce the overall NamPower tariff to customers through the introduction of affordable ‘new build’ renewable energy to the Namibian grid. The project will cost N$337 million.

NamPower’s other renewable project is the Khan 20 MW Solar PV IPP Project located 45 km south-west of Usakos town in the Erongo region. The estimated project cost is N$300 million.

The renewable projects include the Lüderitz 50 MW Wind IPP Project in the Karas Region to be built at an estimated project cost of N$1.39 billion.

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