14 May 2015 11:40am
OMARURU, 14 MAY (NAMPA) Founding President Sam Nujoma on Friday inaugurated the country's first-ever multi-million dollar solar plant near Omaruru in the Erongo Region.
Speaking at the official inauguration of Omburu Solar Power Plant, Nujoma called on the Namibian Government to invest in alternative energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy and bio-gas for parts of the country that cannot be economically connected to the national power grid.
Energy is a basic need and all humans need to have access to all types of energy, but currently affordability in the energy sector is a problem as evidenced in the case of some Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries with off-grid solar voltaic electrification programmes requiring governments to subsidise the capital cost of equipments, said Nujoma.
He said the Government should adopt appropriate pricing and subsidies and ensure that the energy provided to the citizens is not only ecologically sound, but also affordable and easy to access.
It is against this background that I comment on the initiative by the InnoSun Franco-Namibian Company, which is involved in renewable energy projects in Namibia since 2008, with Black Diamond Investment as a local shareholder, said Nujoma.
The Founding President said the magnitude of such investment will have a positive impact on the growth of the town of Omaruru, and benefit Namibia as a whole as it will ensure that Omaruru and its immediate surroundings get a fair share of investments by attracting both local and foreign investors to the town.
The N.dollars 120 million Omburu Solar Power Plant generates about 13,5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Managing Director of NamPower, Paulinus Shilamba commended the fast pace at which the power plant was developed.
He said they were at the same site for the ground breaking ceremony marking the commencement of the project's work in November 2014, and six months later they are again at the site witnessing the realisation of the project.
The commissioning of the solar power plant is expected to ease the burden on the current strained power supply within the sub-region.
Sixty (60) Namibians workers took part in the construction of the Solar Power Plant, while 10 workers will permanently take care of the operation and maintenance of the Plant.