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Namibia-based IPP Alpha Namibia Industries Renewable Power (ANIREP) has been selected as the preferred bidder for the construction of a solar PV plant in the ǁKaras region. The 18.5 MW solar farm will be developed in Kokerboom, a locality in the municipality of Keetmanshoop.
The Kokerboom solar plant will be implemented at an estimated cost of N$300 million (~US$19.4 million). The Namibian subsidiary of the Canadian mining company, Dundee Precious Metal, is the off-taker of this project.
Iyaloo Nangolo, Managing Director of ANIREP, said, the solar project is subjected to the successful negotiation of a power purchase agreement (PPA). ANIREP plans to feed the power generated by the PV plant into the national grid through a modified single-buyer (MSB) model.
“Our unique vertically integrated structure of being an IPP which also owns the leading EPC and O&M company in Namibia in renewable energy development has positioned ANIREP to be at the forefront in providing affordable renewable power in the country,” Nangolo added.
ANIREP continues to pursue the installations of renewable energy projects in Namibia and contribute to the development of clean energy solutions in the country. The IPP has invested in the 20 MW Khan Solar plant near Usakos, and successfully completed and handed over the 20MW Omburu solar plant to NamPower.
The construction of the solar power plant in Keetmanshoop is in line with Namibia’s energy policy to reduce its dependence on neighboring countries for electricity supply. Nearly 68% of the total electricity consumption in the country is being supplied from South Africa, under a contract with the SA’s public utility Eskom. This power is fed into Namibia’s grid through the agreements of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).