By Confidente Reporter
PROJECT Company OLC Arandis Solar Energy a joint venture between O&L Energy and its strategic partner Cronimet Mining Power Solutions GmbH and the Women of Destiny Trust officially launched the construction of a solar energy power plant at Arandis.
The 3 megawatt (MW) power plant will be supplying electricity to Erongo RED, the leading electricity supplier to the Erongo region is expected to be completed and be in operation as from June 2017.
Erongo RED board chairperson Tobias Nambala, who was briefing the stakeholders and invited guests on the plant, said the project is expected to save Erongo RED an estimated cost of N$127 million over the lifespan of the plant which is 25 years.
Officiating the groundbreaking ceremony Erongo regional governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua accentuated on the value this project will bring to the table not only for the Erongo, but for the nation at large.
In his keynote address Mutjavikua pointed out that innovation is key to the future of this country’s economy, and breakthrough leadership is critical in driving this nation to higher heights and stronger economic growth.
“Not only for the benefit of the country coffers, but also for that of each and every Namibian, this region, and the country at large is hungry for more growth and development, and there is so much more room for more. Hence, initiatives such as the one we are launching today, is highly valued, welcomed and appreciated – also in light of our journey towards being less dependent on imports, and producing everything we need, right here on Namibian soil”.
He added that self-provision of basic day-to-day necessities, which also includes electricity supply will make a huge difference in the future of this nation.
Speaking at the event, O&L Group Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme indicated that at O&L they are relentless in their pursuit of creating a sustainable future for all and therefore they passionately embrace this wonderful opportunity which also positively contributes to our vision metric of reducing our carbon footprint by 20 percent in 2019.
“Our aim is to contribute to improving Namibia’s energy situation and to increase the supply of renewable energy generated locally, decreasing our dependency on electricity imports from neighbouring countries. We are thrilled to have found in Cronimet Mining Power Solutions, a Namibian partner that shares our vision and enables us to reach our goals by contributing their experience, technical expertise in PV, and their commercial competency when managing the development process,” said Thieme.
In his speech Arandis Mayor, Risto Kapendah said that the Arandis solar power plant is testimony to the potential of the town, and promising of a bright future for the Arandis community.
Nambala also said, “We are about to witness yet another milestone in the life of this catalystic town of Arandis, as she is about to inject her own power contribution to the main grid through our regional distributor Erongo RED. Thus, Arandis is geared to make her contribution in energising and giving light and life to our entire nation. Arandis is on the move!”
“All this are part of our proactive efforts to address continuous electricity cost increases and cushioning the impact thereof to our customers. I wish to applaud the OLC Arandis Solar Energy team for their interest in investing in our region in bringing renewable energy to the region. At Erongo RED we are committed to diversify our energy mix in order to ensure that the electricity consumers reap benefits emanating from renewable energy,” he added
“We are well aware that electricity supply is vital in stimulating and accelerating development. We also know that reliable supply and distribution of electricity remains and will continue to be an important component in boosting the economic development in the region. I am very pleased that we have reached this point where OLC Arandis Solar Energy will start with the construction of the solar plant,” concluded Nambala.
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