Namibia’s first CSP plant gets closer

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Namibia’s first CSP plant gets closer

Namibia’s first CSP plant is closer

The project titled ‘Concentrating Solar Power Technology Transfer for Electricity Generation in Namibia’ (CSP TT NAM) has been endorsed by Global Environment Facility CEO and its implementation will begin shortly.

The project aims to increase the renewable energy share in Namibia by developing the necessary technological framework and conditions for the successful transfer and deployment of CSP technology. One of the key goals will be to achieve construction of the first CSP plant by 2015.

The project, supported by United Nations Development Program, Government of Namibia,  Ministry of Mines and Energy and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute, will be funded with roughly $2.5 M from different sources such as Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Clinton Climate Initiative and Namibian institutions.

With an annual DNI of up to 3,000 kWh/m2, CSP technology fits perfectly with the needs of the country. A pre-feasibility study for establishment of CSP plants in Namibia was conducted last year and identified more than 33,000 km2 of available land with a theoretical potential of more than 250 GW of CSP to be deployed.

To achieve the objectives of this project, it’s intended to establish partnership agreements between foreign providers and Namibian stakeholders in the private and public sector, in order to get the local entrepreneurs engaged in the CSP supply chain. Another key points are the development of a regulatory framework that would lead to investments in CSP projects and the development of a feasibility study for construction of the first 50 MW plant by 2015.

Regarding the installation of Namibia’s first CSP plant, the project includes a specific task aimed to get a bankable feasibility study and the environmental impact assessment to achieve the financial closure or the plant. This will be made for five previously selected sites as the most suitable, Hochland, Skorpion Mine, Ausnek, Kokerboom and Gerus. It’s expected to get approval and financing commissioning for at least one.

The Namibian government has confirmed its commitment to secure the appropriate funding for construction of the first CSP plant and Development Bank of Southern Africa has confirmed its intention to provide debt financing for the plant as well as pre-investment advisory assistance.

Namibia’s population is currently 2.1 million and the consumption of electricity is about 4 TWh per year. Up to 70% of this demand is imported, mostly from South Africa and to a lesser extent form Zimbabwe and Zambia. The local generation capacity is nearly 400 MW, below the expected needs for peak demands in next years. Moreover, more than half of this capacity is from hydro, which in the dry season cannot produce at maximum power. Thus the country has to increase its locally produced electricity shortly to gain energy independence and security.

The GEF unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial

organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

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