Underlining on the efforts that have been made by the Electricity Control Board and other entities in Namibia, the governor of Karas is confident that the country could export electricity generated from solar power.
[quote]Karas Governor Lucia Basson said this last week at the opening of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung energy seminar at Keetmanshoop, the New Era reported.
Stressing the region’s richness in renewable energy, such as the wind and sun power, Basson indicated that instead of getting electricity from outside the region, Karas has the potential to produce its own, which could also be sold to other regions.
She said the region is one of the best areas to get power from the sun, which is located towards the southernmost part of Keetmanshoop’s city centre.
“We have the opportunity now to use the power of the sun to empower ourselves and become active citizens in the sense that we produce the energy we need,” Basson said.
Solar power – cheaper
Basson further highlighted some of the advantages of renewable energy, for instance being cheaper in the long run.
She added that having cheaper electricity would stimulate the region’s economy, as more investors would be drawn to the area due to cheap electricity, adding that electricity is an essential part of doing business.
“Energy is a basic necessity for any economic development. There is no sewing workshop, no restaurant and no factory that can work without electricity,” she said.
Meanwhile, Keetmanshoop deputy Mayor Hilia Titus, stated that there is a need for the country to move away from importing to exporting electricity, pointing out that this is entirely possible, given the abundant renewable energy sources available.
Presently, Namibia imports about 60% of electricity from neighbouring countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
“Supporting the development of large-scale renewable energy is not just the right thing to do for Namibia, it is also the smart thing to do regarding climate change and the best way in which power crisis issues can be dealt with,” Titus said.