September 28

Namibia Issues Generation and Export Licenses for 125MW Solar Plant

By Nasi Hako

The Namibian Electricity Control Board (ECB) has issued generation and export licenses to Schonau Solar Energy for a 125MW solar PV plant being developed by renewable energy company Emesco.

The plant, located in Karasburg, Namibia, will generate electricity for 25 years and will export its power via South Africa into the Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP) competitive electricity markets. These are the first of their size and kind to be issued by the ECB under the Modified Single Buyer (MSB) Framework.

The SAPP operates four competitive electricity markets between twelve member countries and has facilitated trade between utilities in southern Africa since 1995. The operating member countries include Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. All countries are primarily represented by each their national utility.

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Source: ESI Africa (link opens in a new window)

renewable energy, solar