Namibia opens two solar plants to diversify its energy mix

Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) – Namibia has opened two solar plants, Ejuva One and Ejuva Two, built at a total cost of US$21 million in Gobabis, capital of the eastern Omaheke Region.

Putting the plants into operation on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga said Ejuva will help to diversify Namibia’s energy mix, increase generation capacity and reduce carbon emissions.

“We are particularly pleased about the strong local component and the positive impact during construction on local job creation and skills development,” she added.

The plants are located side by side and were built and managed as one project, which will feed an estimated 25.8 GWh/y into Namibia’s national grid and is backed by a 25-year power purchase agreement with utility Nampower.

The project is among the 14 renewable energy projects commissioned under the interim Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff programme, which was initiated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Electricity Control Board, to establish independent power producers in Namibia.

Local equity partners own 34% of the two plants, Consolidated Infrastructure Group subsidiary CIGenCo owns 49% and asset manager Mergence Unlisted Investment Managers controls 17%.
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24 august 2018 16:39:18

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