What Is A Hybrid Solar System?

Hybrid solar systems generate power in the same way as a common grid-tie solar system but use batteries to store energy for later use. This ability to store energy enables most hybrid systems to also operate as a backup power supply during a blackout, similar to a UPS system. Traditionally the term hybrid referred to [...]

LSN Analysis of Tariff Increments for Financial Year 2018/2019 (July 2018 to June 2019).

In April 2018, the Electricity Control Board (ECB) approved NamPower’s tariff adjustment of five percent. Electricity distributors subsequently applied to the ECB for tariff increases that will be applicable to the end-user customers effective as from 01 July 2018. LSN Provides a short analysis of the Tariff increment for 6 Distributors. With the new Tariff [...]

SOLAR DC REFRIGERATOR VS. AC REFRIGERATOR

This solar DC refrigerator versus an AC refrigerator debate has been discussed previously, and there seem to be several ways of answering this question. I believe that the real answer comes down to needs. I’ll attempt to break down my answer so that people become more informed when faced with decisions like this. Okay, so, [...]

Financing your Renewable Energy System – First National Bank (FNB) Renewable Energy Loan

There are a number of ways to finance your Renewable Energy System which means you do not have to pay cash upfront. In this article, we introduce First National Bank’s (FNB) Renewable Energy Loan. This loan allows you to purchase renewable energy products from installers and suppliers that are registered with the REEEI (Namibian Renewable [...]

Financing your Renewable Energy System – Solar Revolving Fund (SRF)

There are a number of ways to finance your Renewable Energy System which means you do not have to pay cash upfront. In this article, we introduce the Ministry of Mines (MME) and Energy’s Solar Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF is a credit facility established by MME to stimulate demand for the utilization of renewable [...]

ECB Gazettes Net Metering Rules

The electricity Control Board (ECB) have finally Gazetted the Net-Metering rules. You might be wondering what this means for the Namibian Energy Sector in general and your organization to be specific. Well, this means keeping money in your organization by reducing operational expenditure. When your organization installs a Solar Generation System, it is entitled to [...]

Solar Water Heaters at Light Systems Namibia

Electrical Geysers Account for almost 40% of an average household's energy bill. It's time to put some of those costs back into your pocket. Light Systems Namibia (LSN) offers Solar Water Heaters. The sizes vary with the smallest being 110 Low Pressure Solar heater at N$ 13 500 installed all the way up to a [...]

GET A PV (PHOTOVOLTAIC) SYSTEM FOR YOUR HOME

Namibia is blessed with the most abundant solar resources in the world with relatively moderate temperatures and clear skies. That means the country is able to receive good solar radiation. Figures 1 and 2 below highlight some of the key matrices of Solar radiation Globally, with focused figures of world in general and Namibia. Direct [...]

ENERGY CONSCIOUS, SMART USERS

The Electricity situation in the country has most certainly reached an unpredictable state. There have been numerous reports by various organizations in the media and elsewhere, some assuring us that supply of electricity is stable while others are urging people to use electricity sparingly. A very concerning point to note in these reports is that [...]

How we can realize the Harambee Prosperity Plan objectives

The Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) is one of the Namibian governments’ well written national documents. It is easy to read and has clear objectives. Upon reading it, citizens can relate the objectives to themselves and be part of a collective vision. Chapter 6 of HHP which is titled Infrastructure Development is of interest to energy [...]