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Solar to save on electricity costs

Marthina Mutanga
THE City of Windhoek has removed outdated standards that have stood in the way of people looking at renewable forms of energy, like photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, as an option for their energy needs.
Khomas Regional Governor Laura Mc Leod–Katjirua said there has been ongoing investment in the development of new electricity distribution infrastructure in the City of Windhoek reinforcing existing networks in built up areas and establishing new networks in un-serviced areas.
The introduction of additional capacity and network reconfiguration is being done in order to improve reliability, guaranteeing system security, accommodating changes in electricity demand, population shifts and ensuring quality of power supply.
Mc Leod–Katjiriua said if customers want to invest in solar to save on electricity costs, shave their peak load, shift their load or simply increase their capacity a formal application to request installation and the net-metering rules once connected are will result in compensation for energy exported into Council’s grid.
“Right now there are over 267 solar photo-voltaic grid in-feed units connected to the City of Windhoek network about 5 percent of the City’s maximum demand – that represents an installed capacity of just over 10.3MW, said Mc Loed –Katjiriua.
She said Windhoek City Council has reached its target and will thus not take on additional net metering clients; however this will be reviewed in the new financial year (2019/2020) as per the Renewable Energy Policy.
“We are all aware of the precarious health, sanitation and basic services situation we are facing in our informal settlements in the Khomas Region, she indicated.
The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development allocated funds to a tune of N$50 million to the City of Windhoek during the 2019/2020 – 2021/2022 MTEF period for improving living conditions in the informal settlements.
The objective of the project is to improve the level of access to basic services portable water, toilets, roads and electricity) within 10 months.

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