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Support green electricity transition in Namibia

Project Name : Alcon

Key Facts

5 MW solar power farm
15,000 T CO2 saved / year
18,000 people supplied
Verra VCS ID 1959

Description

Project owner : Innovent

The project consists of the construction and operation of a greenfield 6.318 MWp solar power plant (19,440 photovoltaic modules mounted on a 1-axis tracking system) near Aussenkehr, on the banks of the Orange River, Karasburg district in Namibia, at the border with South Africa.

Alcon Solar PV is a joint-venture between InnoSun and Aussenkehr Energy Investment - a local company 100% Namibian owned by PDN (Previously Disadvantaged Namibians). The project features state-of-the-art solar panels in Namibia, on a land that was unused prior to the project .
Namibia faces significant energy shortage, and has only been able to meet its energy needs through energy imports. The plant helps Namibia to add more diversification in the country energy mix.

Innovent is a French independant company building and operating wind and solar farms in Africa (20% of their turnover).
For more than a decade, they have worked to address the issues relating to development, construction and operation of wind power plant. They are an experienced company which has earned its place in the renewable energy sector.

Impact

Namibia faces significant energy shortage, and has only been able to meet its energy needs through costly energy imports.

The project contributes to increase generation capacity in Namibia and reduces import’s costs.

The plant reduces carbon emissions by producing green, emission-free electricity.

15,000 T of CO2 are avoided each year, supplying 18,000 people with green electricity.

Local workforce was used to build the plant.

The project made the promotion of employment and skills development during construction and operation.

Namibia’s energy mix is mainly composed of energy fossil fuel.

The plant is providing positive demonstration effects for solar development in Namibia and neighboring countries.

CSR Action

Innovent is committed to work with governments by offering and installing solar panels for the local communities to help them meet their energy needs. Innovent has made more than €1500,000 in donations.

Innovent also supports the music project Muzukidz in communities in southern Africa, giving violin courses to kids promoting well-being and integration in the society.

Innovent funds the reforestation of lands. The reforested area allows some animal species to find refuge and to flourish again.

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