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Namibia formulates renewable energy policy

Last week, Namene presented the final draft of the renewable energy policy to stakeholders during a one day workshop held in the capital Windhoek, reports local media.

The policy will serve to provide guidance to the government on how to develop the renewable energy sector and scale up the contribution of power from renewable sources in the country’s electricity mix.

Establishment of the renewable energy policy

Foibe Namene, CEO of the Namibian Electricity Control Board

Namene stated that the assignment of the policy began in February this year, which was tabled under a strict timeline of six months.

She said strategy involved three main activities, namely the inception phase, the gaps and needs analysis, and lastly the policy formulation.

It is reported that the final draft contains four main scenarios that have been developed: the Reference Scenario; a Pro-Wind/Solar Scenario with Kudu; a Pro-Hydro Scenario without Kudu; and a 70% Renewable Energy (RE) in 2030 Scenario.

These scenarios express different possible paths that Namibia can take, with varying levels of installed capacity of renewable energies.

While the first three scenarios are developed for information and comparison purposes, the 70% RE in 2030 scenario will enable Namibia to reach the target of 70% renewable energy in terms of annual generated electricity in 2030.

Key goals of the policy

  • Namibia must address the problem of inadequate access to electricity (especially in rural areas), the challenge of extending affordable energy services to underserved populations and the need for self-sufficiency and energy independence.
  • The country must also ensure that the energy sector development is climate-resilient and able to secure energy access even in a non-stationary natural environment.
  • Renewable energy, if developed strategically and with foresight, holds the solution to all these challenges.

Mines and energy minister Obeth Kandjoze said the renewable energy policy is long-overdue and is essential for Namibia to increase the endorsement of renewable energy technologies in the country’s energy mix and address security of supply.

“It is my hope that the implementation of the policy will be accompanied by the same vigour. Policy implementation is not always easy; the real work starts now,” he stated.

Babalwa Bungane
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