Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
Namibia has a substantial solar energy potential, owing to its high level of solar radiation. Currently efforts are being made by the Government and its partners to increase the use of solar energy. People can buy their equipment through the government-sponsored soft-interest loan scheme, the Solar Revolving Fund and Bank Windhoek.
Current and planned projects include:
the removal of barriers to the Namibian renewable energy programme (UNDP/GEF/Ministry of Mines and Energy);
establishment of a renewable energy and energy efficiency institute;
building capacity for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Solar home systems, solar water heaters and PV water pumps are the most widely-used applications of solar energy, but there are also a number of telecommunication systems.
The Namibian WEC Member Committee reports that at end-2005 some 700 kW of PV capacity had been installed, providing an output of 306.6 MWh during the year.