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OTJIWARONGO SOON TO BE SOLAR POWERED
A solar power plant aimed at supplying electricity to Otjiwarongo residents in the Otjozondjupa Region is currently under construction. The plant is being built on a 12 hectare piece of land situated approximately 2km northwest of Otjiwarongo and will comprise 35 000 solar panels. Otjiwarongo Municipality Chief Executive Officer Ismael /Howoseb, Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) CEO Mburumba Appolus and owner of HopSol Africa, the construction company for the plant, Robert Hopperdietzel signed a private public partnership deal at Otjiwarongo. The Otjiwarongo solar power plant will be the largest in the country. however, the plant will remain a property of HopSol Africa Construction Company that will sell electricity to Cenored at affordable rates.
HopSol will do all the needed maintenance on the solar panels while Cenored does the distribution of electricity to the residents.
Otjiwarongo Municipality is leasing the land to HopSol on which the solar panels will be installed.
Hopperdietzel said his Windhoek-based company in the past built the solar plants at Tsumkwe and Gam in the Otjozondjupa Region. Otjiwarongo CEO during the signing agreement expressed gratitude with the deal.
“This is an important occasion for us to sign a deal on the harvesting of electric energy from the sun,” said /Howoseb.
He said that the investment is welcome to the town as it is in line with government’s call for self-sustainability and job creation to the people. Cenored CEO on his part said it was a historical day in the lifetime of his company by entering into an electricity production and supply deal between the Otjiwarongo Municipality and HopSol Africa.
Appolus expressed satisfaction with the setting up of this large solar plant, saying the same deal will be entered into by the towns of Tsumeb, Outjo, Okakarara, Okahandja, Grootfontein and Khorixas amongst others. Appolus said sun energy is a god given resource, which is plentiful in Namibia, and thus has to be used. HopSol Africa Construction Company has started the de-bushing and fencing, and in three weeks, the installation of solar panels will take place, Hopperdietzel said.
The 35 000 solar panels will be mounted on structures that rotate in pursuit of the sun’s movement throughout the day. The plant is estimated to be constructed at a cost over N$120 million funded by the HopSol Africa Construction Company.The facility will produce electricity of about 13.5 kilowatts to approximately 2 500 houses in Otjiwarongo.
The actual supply of electricity is set to commence in December 2015.