Namibia’s Nampower signs 40MWp solar power plants contract

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NAMIBIANamibia will soon have two new photovoltaic solar power plants, each after the state-owned company NamPower signed engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for the construction of two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants with a capacity of 20 MWp each.

Access Aussenkehr Solar One Namibia will build the Khan solar power plant while the joint venture Hopsol Africa and Tulive Private Equity will implement the Omburu solar project in the Erongo region.

The first concerns a photovoltaic solar power plant that will be built on a 16-hectare site in Omburu, a town near the city of Omaruru.

The solar power plant will consist of 33,000 solar panels and 100 inverters.

“Namibia will soon have two new photovoltaic solar power plants, each with a capacity of 20 MWp. Namibia’s public electricity company NamPower recently signed engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for two renewable energy projects”

The panels are mounted on 67 single-axis trackers that follow the movement of the sun from east to west and this equipment will enable the solar power plant to supply 20 MWp, a quantity of energy capable of supplying 20,000 Namibian households via the NamPower grid.

The construction of the new photovoltaic solar power plant in Omburu will require an investment of more than US$32.6 million, according to the public utility company.

The contract for the construction of the second 20 MWp solar photovoltaic plant has been awarded to IPP Access Aussenkehr Solar One Namibia and it will be located near the Khan substation, about 45 km west of the town of Usakos in Namibia.

The future installations are the first in a series of six solar photovoltaic plants that will be developed in this southern African country by NamPower.

These installations will supply 220 MWp of electricity to the national grid, bringing Namibia’s production to 751 MW by 2023.

To achieve that objective, the company will have to invest nearly US$308 million.

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