Namibia has long been at the mercy of electricity imports from South Africa and other countries across the region (60% of their energy needs). In order to reduce this dependency, reforms have been undertaken in an attempt to attract independent power producers (IPPs) into Namibia’s power sector.
It is in this context that the Aussenkehr Solar PV project was developed by a joint venture between InnoSun and Aussenkehr Energy Investment – a local company 100% Namibian owned by PDN (Previously Disadvantaged Namibians).
The plant is located near Aussenkehr on the banks of the Orange River, on the border with South Africa which is one of the sunniest place on earth. It is composed of 19,440 photovoltaic modules allowing Namibia to add more diversification into their energy mix. The country aims to add 70% of renewable energy into their mix by 2030.
InnoSun (subsidiary of Innovent) is a French independant company that builds and operates wind and solar farms in Africa (20% of their turnover).
For over a decade, they have worked to address the issues relating to development, construction and operation of wind power plant. It is an experienced company which has earned its place in the renewable energy sector.