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Republic of Namibia

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The Republic of Namibia is a country in south-western Africa.  With a surface area of 824,292 km2, it is the 34th largest country in the world. It stretches for about 1,300 km from south to north and from 480 to 930 km in width from west to east. The population is 2.5 million as of 2018. Windhoek is the capital and German and English are the official languages.

Namibia is classified as an upper middle-income country by the World Bank but poverty incidence is still high. Agriculture is mostly based on livestock rearing, fishing and food processing. A major contributor to the services sector is tourism. All major production sectors— mining, tourism, livestock and meat production, and fisheries—are export-oriented and are thus vulnerable to external trends.

The electricity demand through the national grid is supplied by domestic electric power plants (thermal and large-scale hydro) and imports from neighboring countries.

Namibia has significant renewable energy potential. Solar, wind, biomass, gas and uranium resources are significant, but remain largely underdeveloped. Namibia’s hydro potential is limited to a few rivers only. Wind resources in Namibia are considerable. Especially along the Namibian coast the conditions are very favorable for large-scale wind energy production, with wind speeds above 10 meters per second.

Solar energy potential is the most abundant renewable energy source in Namibia. Namibia has an excellent sunshine regime, which produces annual energy yields of between 1,600 kWh/kWp in coastal areas and up to about 2,100 kWh/kWp in selected locations in southern Namibia. Solar in Namibia is primarily used for water pumping and for rural electrification to power radios, lighting, TVs and fans.

 

NFP Details: 

Mr. Nico Snyders 

Deputy Director of the Renewable Energy Division

Energy Directorate

6, Aviation Road, Private Bag 13297, WINDHOEK

Tel: +264 61 284 8160  

Mail: Nico.Snyders@mme.gov.na

Photovoltaic Map: 
Global Horizontal Irradiation Map: 
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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI)

The REEEI disseminates research and information about renewable energy and provides technical assistance to the MME in the implementation of renewable energy projects and programmes including addressing barriers to renewable energy development.

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NamPower

NamPower is a state-owned enterprise that reports to the MME. It owns and operates most of the country’s grid generation and all of the transmission assets as well as some distribution facilities in the rural areas of central and southern Namibia. As system operator and trader, NamPower has the important role of balancing supply and demand and is the contracting party for imports

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National Technical Committee on Renewable Energy (NTCRE)

Headed by the National Standards Institute, the NTCRE develops norms, standards and codes of practice for the performance, manufacture, installation and maintenance of renewable energy technologies.

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Electricity Control Board (ECB)

ECB has the main responsibility of regulating electricity generation, transmission, distribution, supply, import and export in Namibia through setting tariffs and issuing licenses. 

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National Planning Commission (NPC)

The NPC is responsible for planning national priorities and directing the course of national development. It has a central role to play in ensuring that climate change considerations are properly reflected in sectoral plans and budgetary allocations.

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The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET)

The MET has been mandated to advance climate change activities in Namibia through its Directorate of Environmental Affairs. It is also the NAMA focal point.

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The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME)

The MME facilitates and regulates the development and sustainable utilization of Namibia’s mineral and energy resources and is also responsible for rural electrification. 

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National Policy for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Namibia

The National IPP Policy outlines the key provisions of the Government’s commitment to encourage private investment in Namibia’s power sector and outlines the power market model, pricing regime, procurement approach, and the requirements for the IPPs to develop power generation projects and seek licenses for implementing the projects.

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Off-Grid Energisation Master Plan For Namibia (OGEMP)

The OGEM projects was initiated by the UNDP/GEF/MME Barrier Removal to Namibian Renewable Energy Programme with the aim to increase affordable access to RE services and accelerate market development for RE technologies. 

Legal/Regulatory Document

NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY (NEP)

The NEP of 2017 is an expression of the country's intent to develop the energy sector in alignment with its 2030 Vision, for the benefit of all Namibians.

Legal/Regulatory Document

National Renewable Energy Policy (NREP)

The NREP aims to make Renewable Energy a powerful tool for the Government of Namibia to meet its short-term and long-term national development goals, and to assist Namibians climb the development ladder, empowered by access to energy at levels that facilitate the engagement in productive activities. 

Legal/Regulatory Document

Net Metering Rules

Defines all rules for the injection of excess RE production to the national grid. 

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Environmental Investment Fund (EIF)

The EIF has been established to mobilise funding allocate it to activities and projects which promote the sustainable use and efficient management of natural resources for the benefit of all Namibians.

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Investment opportunities in Namibia

This webpage gives an overview of the potential areas for Business and Investment in Namibia. 

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Project Financing for Namibian Solar PV Plant

The Climate Fund (CF) added the 5MW photovoltaic farm in Rosh Pinah to its portfolio. To finance the project, the CF investment vehicle worked with RMB Namibia to facilitate a guarantee structure allowing the project to be funded in local currency. 

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The Solar Revolving Fund

Report on financial solutions for RE technologies. 

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NamPower Tenders

The NamPower displays open bids for energy projects. 

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MEM Tenders

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) lists tenders for energy projects in the country. 

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Tsumkwe Solar PV Hybrid Mini-grid

The Tsumkwe mini-grid was the first attempt to spur private involvement in the sector. Although this was ultimately unsuccessful, it has allowed the Government to draw lessons for improving the regulatory framework to facilitate IPPs.