Groundbreaking ceremony of Innosun’s solar power plant, 14 November 2014

Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, Ambassador of France, was officiating, alongside Isak Katali, Minister of Mines and Energy and Paulinus Shilamba, Managing Director of Nampower on November 14 at the ground-breaking ceremony of NAMIBIA’S first solar power park, built by the Franco-Namibian company Innosun.

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French and Namibian partners in Namibia’s first solar power park in Omburu. Ambassador of France, Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali, NamPower’s Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba and InnoSun’s CEO Gregoire Verhaeghe

The Omburu solar power plant, near Omaruru, comprises about 33 000 solar panels and occupies 16 hectares. It will add 4,5MW of electricity to NamPower’s national grid by early next year. It is the first renewable energy project in Namibia implemented by an independent power producer (IPP). The Franco-Namibian company Innosun is also the first IPP to sign a Power Purchase Agreement with Nampower.

Minister of Mines and Energy said the government supports such projects strengthening the energy independence and security of Namibia. NamPower’s Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba said that the development of renewable energy will be possible only “with the combined efforts of all stakeholders including investors and independent power producers” . InnoSun’s CEO, Gregoire Verhaeghe, added that the close cooperation of local communities, municipalities and regional authorities is also essential.

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Groundbreaking of the solar park : NamPower’s Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba, Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali, InnoSun’s CEO Gregoire Verhaeghe and the Ambassador of France, Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni

In her address, the Ambassador of France hoped that this first solar plant be followed by many other solar and wind energy projects in order to make Namibia, “already a model of democracy, governance and freedom, the first African country to be self-sufficient thanks to renewable energies.”

published on 10/12/2014

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