Power Africa in Namibia

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Power Africa has supported the development of 37 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation projects in Namibia. In addition, various firms have received U.S. Embassy support to move transactions forward. The page below gives an overview of the energy sector in Namibia and explains Power Africa's involvement in the country.

NAMIBIA ENERGY SECTOR OVERVIEW


Population: 2.25 million | GDP (1): $14.52 billion

The power sector in Namibia has undertaken several reforms aimed at attracting Independent Power Producers (IPPs) by providing a stable investment environment. Such reforms include the horizontal consolidation of more than 70 distributors into five regional electricity distribution companies (REDs) and the establishment of transparent tariff setting procedures, all overseen by the sector regulator, the Electricity Control Board (ECB). While the country’s generation mix utilizes primarily hydropower, the majority of electricity is imported (about 60% of the total electrical energy requirement), primarily through bilateral contracts from South Africa’s Eskom and to a lesser extent, the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP).

GENERATION CAPACITY

  • Installed Capacity (2): 680 MW
    • Hydro: 347 MW
    • Coal: 122 MW
    • Wind: 7 MW
    • Solar: 163 MW
    • Thermal (Gas, HFO, Diesel): 41 MW

Power Africa new MW to date at financial close: 37 MW

CONNECTIONS

  • Current Access Rate (3): 56%
    • Urban (4): 72%
    • Rural (4): 35%

Power Africa new connections: 14,742

 

 

POWER AFRICA SUCCESS STORIES IN NAMIBIA


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Sources

  1. https://data.worldbank.org/country/namibia
  2. https://www.africa-energy.com/database/datatool
  3. https://www.iea.org/reports/sdg7-data-and-projections/access-to-electricity
  4. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EG.ELC.ACCS.RU.ZS?locations=NA

Last updated: November 18, 2021

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