Namibia has acquired a 150 kilowatts power plant, as part of the country’s goal to attain renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said on Wednesday.
The solar power plant situated at Kunene Region at the Soris Soris Conservancy, forms part of 130 million Namibian dollars (about 9 million U.S. dollars) funding that was made available by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the Community Based Natural Resource Management in Namibia, Enhanced Direct Access (CBNRM EDA) project modality for these climate change projects.
The Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said the project will benefit a total of 9,200 people and created 25 jobs, and the commissioning of the project signals a new era in combating the effects of climate change as well as empowering the marginalized communities.
Kunene Region in Namibia is by far one of the driest areas in the country with very little rainfall as well as challenges for farmers in accessing grazing lands and power generation.
“Today marks a historic day in the management of our communities and combating climate change. We would like to thank the Environment Investment Fund under the ministry for accessing the grant which will go a long way in emancipation the locals,” he said.
He added that the Namibian government will continue to drive developmental projects in the Ovahimba dominated Kunene Region. The Ovahimba tribe are a semi-nomadic tribe in Namibia which survived mainly by animal husbandry. Enditem