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Namibia to have first solar park

December 2014

Namibia is expected to have its first solar power park in early 2015 that will produce about 4.5 megawatts of electricity.

According to reports, the US$10.8 million Omburu Solar Park, owned by French investor InnoSun, is situated about five kilometres south of Omaruru and is the first renewable energy project in

Namibia by an independent power producer (IPP).

Occupying some 15 hectares of land, the park will comprise about 30,000 solar panels that are on self-adjusting “tracker” mountings, which allow them to face the sun all day long, according to InnoSun.

Namibian Mines and Energy Minister Isak Katali said the project was one of the initiatives by the SADC Member State to harness its abundant renewable energy resources.

“We will continue to support InnoSun because they have realised their plans,” he added.