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Namibia hosts what is said to be the largest rooftop solar project in Africa

16 August 2013 – What is being referred to as the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project on the African continent to date is being undertaken in Namibia. CNPV Solar Power, a public limited liability company organised under the laws of Luxembourg, and an integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products are supplying this 1.1 MWp project.

Commercial entities within Namibia have to contend with high energy pricing, to the extent that they frequently supplement the existing grid supply with their own diesel generators. Thus Germany company Donauer was awarded the 1.1 MWp solar PV integration project with on-roof mounting at Namibia’s largest brewery, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL).

Donauer says it chose CNPV at its partner based upon its ability to outstrip all other comparative PV suppliers’ performance on key criteria such as energy yield, efficiency and reliability.

CNPV’s chief technical officer Bypina Veerraju Chaudary, says, “It is always exciting to be involved in pioneering projects.”

With the introduction of the hybrid solar PV-diesel solution, NBL’s energy consumption costs will be significantly reduced, with the total system paying back its investment costs in a short period.