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 Normal Irradiance (DNI) is the amount of solar radiation received per unit area by a surface that is always held perpendicular (or normal) to the rays that come in a straight line from the direction of the sun at its current position in the sky.
A square meter of area in Namibia is able to generate up to 7kWh per day in certain areas (2600kWh / 365 days = 7.12kWh/day). Figure 3 gives us more information on what a kilowatt Hour can be used for. Figure 4 gives us a breakdown of energy usage in an average household.
The energy sector in Namibia is reaching a critical level. We have been hearing various media reports that load shedding will be coming to Namibia soon. Figure 5 gives us an overview of just how bad the situation could be in the coming few years. We can clearly see that demand (the black line) will outstrip supply..
The time has come for Namibia and Namibians to seriously consider renewable energy as an alternative solution to the energy crisis in the country especially for residential households because the potential for renewable energy is sufficient as explained in the introduction. There are a number of benefits associated with renewable energy which include the following:
● Environmental benefits: Renewable energy is clean and has low environmental impact compared to traditional sources of energy.
● Creation of Jobs: A number of jobs are created in the renewable energy sphere.
● Securing Energy Supplies: Namibia is greatly dependent on energy from abroad thus using renewable energy solutions can be used to securing energy for the economy.
There are a number of reasons why renewable energy solutions have not been widely adopted in Namibia. Some include the following:
●Information on Renewable Energy: Lack of understanding of the renewable energy technology in the country.
● Qualified Personnel: Lack of qualified personnel to implement these solutions.
● Costs: Initial investments of technology can be high.
Our solutions for residential household range between a 3kW and 5kW system. These should produce enough electricity for an average household in Namibia which theoretically can bring your municipal bill to N$ 0.00 now that net metering has been approved by the Electricity Control board and the City of Windhoek (CoW).
LSN would like to engage you on the possibility of a Renewable energy solution for your household.
Contact us on 061 555 000