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Benefits of producing power at the point of consumption

By Conrad Roedern

Residences,office buildings, schools, workshops, factories and supermarkets share one common denominator; they require electricity to fulfil their function. Except for residences, the majority of this power usage takes daytime and this coincides perfectly with Namibia’s 300-plus sunny days.

The way to go is PV Solar Feed-In System which helps to make money by saving on cost of electricity. Since now home generation has crossed “grid parity”, i.e. generation on site seems cheaper than buying electricity from the grid, such an investment comes with typical pay-back period between five-eight years. Continue reading Benefits of producing power at the point of consumption

ECB implements Net metering rules

What is net metering and what does the implementation mean for the Namibian society?

The Electricity Control Board through the Ministry of Justice finally approved the Net metering rules last year and are ready for implementation.

Net metering is generally a billing mechanism that credits renewable energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours.

Residents,office buildings ,schools,workshops,factories and supermarkets share one common denominator;they require  electricity to fulfil their function.Except for residents the majority of this power usage takes place during daytime and this coincides perfectly with Namibia’s 300-plus sunny days.The way to go is a PV Solar Feed -In system which helps to make money by saving on cost of electricity.

The objectives of net metering are;

Continue reading ECB implements Net metering rules

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Towards a Smart Grid for Namibia

by Conrad Roedern

When I called for more energy autonomy and decentralisation in the energy sector it all boils down to manage our energy transition. Again the focus will be on electricity since we have made meaningful strides in the right direction by embracing renewable energy (RE) and allowing embedded generation und small individual power producers (IPPs) to supply. The motto “from consumer to prosumer” is increasingly favoured and it drastically changes the landscape in the electricity supply industry (ESI). But the pending transition leaves unresolved issues and much need for innovation. Some of the following thoughts are inspired by Julia Hamm, CEO of US Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) published in Photon International 9/2016: Continue reading Towards a Smart Grid for Namibia

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Solar Age Namibia at the Solar for Development Conference & Exhibition

 Electricity Africa, the publicity and event arm of RDJ Consulting Services, a wholly-owned Namibian enterprise operating under the branding of Electricity Africa, hosted Namibia’s first ever Solar for Development International Exhibition and Conference on October 13 and 14, 2016 at the Windhoek Country Club & Resort. Continue reading Solar Age Namibia at the Solar for Development Conference & Exhibition

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Solar Age attends the 3rd Annual Green Building Exhibition 2016

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Solar Age attends the 3rd Annual Green Building Exhibition 2016.

Solar Age Namibia Pty Ltd was founded in 1989, from “day one” the company focused on the development & selling of sustainable energy solutions. Today the company is responsible for High-tech Solar Energy Solutions adapted to all various rural, urban, institutional, Governmental & commercial customers.

In order to provide optimized solutions, Solar Age Namibia sort to liaise with, and exchange information with non-governmental institutions and other stakeholders of the alternative energy industry. With this regard SAN continues to mingle with developers, engineers and other professionals in the Green Energy sector. Solar Age Namibia company recently had the privilege to take part in the 3rd Annual Green Building exhibition hosted by the Green Building Council (GBC) on the 26th to the 30th of September this month. Other companies present were; Unique Power Solutions, Province, City of Windhoek Municipality,nina maritz architects ,Bicoin consulting,Emcon Consulting, just to mention a few.

The Green Building Council (GBC) is national non-profit, Continue reading Solar Age attends the 3rd Annual Green Building Exhibition 2016

Renewable Energy – Indigenous Energy

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The majority of African countries spend most of their income earned from export on fuel imports. Many among them spend more than that, i.e. these fuel imports are partly paid from development aid monies.

One must therefore ask if a country’s development based on finite fossil energy would be a sound foundation on which Africa’s visions can be achieved.

Time and again we must look at the trade-off between national energy autonomy versus larger regional power pools, the latter being based on costly power lines or other means of transport for energy. Continue reading Renewable Energy – Indigenous Energy

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Renewable Energy supporting Key Perfomance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are linked to Namibia’s development and help us to determine what is achieved on the way to a prospering and just society. I want to scrutinise how far the increased employment of Renewable Energy (RE) can deliver as appropriate technology towards this goal. These indicators would typically be:

Read more: Renewable Energy supporting Key Performance Indicators

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Solar Farms and Lodges

The lament “Solar is too expensive” does not hold water any more. Solar power has become much more competitive within the last years. Let me start with photovoltaic solar water pumping, often abbreviated as PVP: While some years ago only boreholes with a shallow water table (typically less than 70m) and low daily yield (typically 10 cubic meters or less @ 70m head) had been economically feasible Solar pumping can now fulfil all requirements in terms of volume and lifting head. This stems from the fact that today solar electricity can be produced much cheaper on site than delivered by a Diesel generator or even sourced from Namibian electricity grid. Continue reading Solar Farms and Lodges

Electrical Vehicles (EVS) in Namibia

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Designed EV from scratch

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Namibian EV conversion

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The new Audi A3 etron

Namibia makes inroad when it comes to swiftly increasing the share of renewable energy in the electricity sector. On top of some 20 MW of net-metered installations and the first PV park of 5MW, 30MW of solar parks under power purchase agreements are around the corner together with about 10 PV 5 MW projects in the pipeline which will be accommodated under the REFIT scheme. BUT, electricity in Namibia – like in many countries worldwide – accounts only for about 25% of the national energy usage. A lion’s share (some 60%) goes into transport and all transport fuels (except those for donkey carts) are imported to Namibia against hard currency. So if we really want to introduce energy change (“Energiewende”) in Namibia we will not succeed without overhauling the transport sector (“Mobilitätswende”). Continue reading Electrical Vehicles (EVS) in Namibia

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25 Years Solar Age Namibia

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25 Years Solar Age Namibia (1989 – 2014)

Solar Age Namibia first opened its doors to the public in March 1989 in Windhoek Jeppe Street. 20 years later we are still in Jeppe Street to serve the people of Namibia.