Kahenge Simson Haulofu, managing director at NamPower, confirmed this to local media The Namibian.
“Any additional supplies that may be requested will be negotiated as part of the day-ahead market established under the Southern African Power Pool, and can be sourced from any utility which is prepared to sell energy on a non-firm basis, and as mentioned, it is a day-ahead contract only,” Haulofu explained.
On the other hand, the utility is reported to be on the brink to closing another agreement with an unnamed private company for the supply of 44MW, to be sourced from wind power in Namibia’s costal town Luderitz.
[quote]According to the media, Haulofu also announced another development involving the issuing of a tender for a 37MW renewable energy plant in the Hardap region, planned to be issued in a period of three weeks.
Nampower to distribute LED lights
Haulofu further disclosed other measures that NamPower is currently planning to implement regarding energy saving initiatives.
He said: “Three hundred thousand LED bulbs have already been purchased and are stored in Windhoek, awaiting the appointment of the LED champions (companies) to install these into the customers’ homes.
“In total, one million bulbs will be ordered. The bulbs are supplied via local agents, are manufactured by Philips in China and delivered through the Philips offices in South Africa,” he explained.
According to The Namibian, this programme entails the replacement of one million critical incandescent bulbs in the residential sector, which are most likely to be switched on during peak demand times, with LED light bulbs.
The campaign will be executed by contracting energy service companies, which will recruit local individuals to perform house-to-house replacements.
The free installation of LED light bulbs will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will be the pilot phase, installing LEDs in the towns of Mariental, Otjiwarongo and Walvis Bay.
Based on the success of the pilot phase, the project will proceed in the remaining towns in Namibia. The one million LED campaign is expected to reduce the peak demand by up to 30MW.