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First ever grid-connected wind farm in Namibia

Project Name : Ombepo

Key Facts

30,000 T CO2 saved / year
5 MW wind farm
20,000 beneficiaries
Verra VCS ID 1885

Description

Project owner : Innovent

The Ombepo project takes advantage of the strong winds brought by the Atlantic ocean to produce green electricity and supplies 20,000 Namibians with it. Ombepo (which means wind in a local dialect), is the first wind farm in the country. The project features 3 turbines, it allows the country to reduce their electricity’s importation from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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 imports around 3 M KWh of electricity from neighboring countries.

The project reduces this importation and helps the country to save money and relocate it towards the population.

The plant was build through advanced technology transfer from industrialized countries.

The project was the first to introduce sizable wind turbines technology, and associated skills in Namibia.

Innovent used the local workforce to build the plant.

The project hired 40 people for the construction phase and relies on permanent technicians to ensure operation and maintenance.

Namibia targets 70% of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix from by the year 2030.

The project helps the country to reach its target by producing their own green electricity.

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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