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Mariental 10MW solar plant nears completion

by Rodney Pienaar



The 10MW solar plant currently being constructed at Mariental is expected to be completed towards the end of September this year.  

The project is one of the first private Power Purchase Agreements for solar power in the country and is owned by Manna Renewables and local company Beta Energy. 

According to Daniel Palm of Manna Renewables, the project will produce electricity and feed it into the national grid with NamPower paying for the energy. 

“It is also one the first Independent Power Producers to be granted a conditional license by the Electricity Control Board. The project will last for 25 years and the electricity will be sold to NamPower. The project will generate enough electricity to power 100 000 homes. Manna Renewable has four projects in Namibia, translating to 40 MWs,” he explained.

 He added that the company is also constructing another project at Kokerboom and both projects are expected to create about 200 temporary jobs throughout the construction phases and 20 permanent employment opportunities upon completion of the plants. 

Palm also said that Manna Renewables is a social enterprise committed to poverty eradication through implementation of sustainable environmentally sound technologies for clean energy; clean water and self sustainable economies that foster health and education. 

“This project will also help create employment so it is a positive approach from the side of our company and when the project is completed the company will look into more ventures to set up similar solar plants,” he said.