NamPower board of directors is determined to approve the rollout of the Demand Side Management (DSM) programme, which will involve free installation of one million light-emitting diode(LED) bulbs in residential houses countrywide.
Managing director, Paulinus Shilamba noted this today while updating the public on the various projects and initiatives at hand, which are meant to address the power supply situation in the country.
Shilamba said a close co-operation should be promoted with various commercial banks and other financial institutions in Namibia if NamPower is to replace the existing 20 000 electrical water heaters with solar water heaters in residential houses. This would be achieved through a rebate initiative, as well as negotiations with large customers for access to their standby diesel generators, to support electricity demand during peak and emergency periods.
“The programme is expected to yield a combined saving of approximately 110MW over a period of five years,” he added.
According to him, this programme is one of various short-term critical supply projects under which short and medium-term initiatives will be implemented to address the power supply situation in the country until the year 2018. Then, there will the commissioning of a base load power station. Otherwise, the power supply situation will remain critical until then.
Shilamba stressed in the absence of a guaranteed power import from its main supplier, Eskom, which is experiencing challenges in managing the power supply in its country, it will be challenging for NamPower to keep Namibia's lights on.
“I therefore appeal to all our customers - small and large - to meet us halfway by reducing their electricity usage to a minimum of 10%, especially during peak hours; from 6h00 to 9h00 and from 18h00 to 21h00. The possibility of load shedding can only be avoided if we all work together as a country,” he said.