South Africa based Manager Competence: Sustainable Energy Jens Hauser has praised the steps taken by Namibia so far in migrating into the green energy space through Independent Power Producers (IPP) as a step in the right direction.
Speaking to The Villager on the sidelines of a green energy conference held in Windhoek today titled “Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Namibia” Hauser said the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff programme which has seen the installation of 15 systems and further concessions is entirely laudable.
“I indeed think that Namibia is moving definitely in the right direction. You see that basically, your power system is quite small, also your grid and your ability to include renewable energy at a certain pace,” said the expert.
He says the green energy dispensation will unlock a myriad of incentives for the country.
“It benefits quite a lot of people, it benefits the system owner, reduces energy costs, one can generate own power, and it creates jobs in the essence of the installers, and people who plan installations and maintain renewable energy production facilities,” he said.
He also noted that there has been a visible expansion in the use of Solar P.V in Namibia but said discussion should now be steered towards systems efficiency.
He advised that Namibia has to always keep in mind the idea to integrate renewable energy technology into the existing system.
“That means planning, there are a lot of people involved, the facilities or the installations have to match the grid, and sometimes people think you’re progressing slowly, but you have to match certain requirements and situations in the country,” said Hauser.
More power generation capacity also requires that Namibia mobilise private capital and investments which frees up government budget, he said.
“Technically renewable energy has the potential to supply a 100 percent electricity in a system, but that also comes with a certain cost and a certain technological development.
"If you see a country like Germany we have about 30 percent share of renewable energy in the system and a target of up to 80 percent renewable energy in 2050,” he said.
With such a time frame, Hauser said it is not that obvious that renewable energy will replace conventional energy sources in the short or medium term.
“I think it’s a longer-term planning and development also as the technology progresses.
"I am supporting renewable energy yes that’s my job but for a country like Namibia or Germany a 100 percent is not achievable like in the next 20 years,” he said.