Energy from the sun
Our carbon offset project in Outapi, Namibia
Solar energy in Outapi, Namibia
With an average of ten hours of sunshine per day, Namibia is one of the world's sunniest countries. It therefore has enormous potential in terms of solar energy. Yet, 60% of the country's energy is imported from neighbouring countries and 40% of its population is not connected to the grid.
Nonetheless, Namibia has ambitious goals. By 2030, it wants to be producing 70% of its energy from renewable energy sources, with independent energy producers feeding renewable energy into the national grid.
In northern Namibia, a ten-hectare solar energy farm produces 9,000 MWh of energy per year. Producing power since July 2018, it was developed with the support of ClimatePartner. The project is helping to increase the proportion of renewable energy sources in Namibia's energy mix and improve regional and national supply.
Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
10 percent of the shares are donated to Outapi Community Trust - an organization that helps provide better medication and expansion of schools.
Every year, it feeds 9,425 MWh of energy into Namibia's grid, helping to make the country independent of energy imports and improving the electricity supply.
Creating local employment opportunities for construction, operation and maintenance of the power plant.
Modernization and support of local infrastructure, transfer of modern technology and knowledge related to solar energy generation.
Reducing carbon emissions of approx. 9,300 tons per year by displacing fossil fuel-based energy generation.
Solar energy avoids emissions such as sulfur dioxide or nitrogene dioxide, so the air quality is much better than it used to be.
How does solar energy help fight global warming?
Since energy from solar panels is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to prevent global warming and secure energy supplies for the future.
The amount of emissions saved by a solar energy project is calculated using the baseline method: how much CO2 would be released by generating the same amount of energy using standard energy production methods for the region?