Namibia is a net importer of electricity, with around 60% of its energy needs being imported from its neighbours, particularly South Africa. This is generally ascribed to Namibia’s lack of capacity to generate electricity from the available sources. Moreover, the vastness of the country coupled with remote isolated location of some settlements means extending the grid to some parts within the country is not economically viable in the short or medium term.
However, Namibia has great potential for renewable energy, supplying these remote areas with decentralised and off-grid renewable electricity which can unlock socioeconomic potential in these sparsely populated remote areas. Therefore, there is a need to continue the momentum for awareness on renewable energies ensuring that renewable energies and related applications are embraced and fully utilised. Educating the general public, learners, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) owners and aspiring entrepreneurs is important in demystifying myths about renewable energy.
It is against this background that the Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia and main project partner the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) are co-implementing a three-year project from 2017 to 2019 called the Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) Project. The project will focus on promoting and raising awareness on renewable energies and resource efficiency in Namibia.
The main objectives of the project which will implement the TH!NK NAMIBIA Campaign is to contribute to the increased use of renewable energies and resource efficiency in Namibia with the focus on schools, SMEs and start-ups in rural parts of Namibia.
The specific objectives of the Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) Project are:
• To implement a nationwide campaign that will improve the awareness of the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency in Namibia.
• To promote the use of renewable energies in schools as well as the SMEs and start-ups in target rural areas.
• To support selected un-electrified rural schools and SMEs in obtaining renewable energy hardware.
The PREN Project will implement these objectives through a dynamic and engaging approach including information and educational material development, a national information campaign (the TH!NK NAMIBIA Campaign), public dialogue platforms and training of multipliers.
To contribute to the increased use of renewable energies and energy and resource efficiency in Namibia with the focus on schools, SMEs and start-ups in rural parts of Namibia.PartnersHanns Seidel Foundation (HSF)EduVenturesDesert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN)Namibia Energy InstituteCentre for Entreprise DevelopmentNamib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET)