Monthly Archives: June 2015

From Energy Consumer to Energy Prosumer

by Conrad Roedern In Africa the case of modern energy provision is a special one. Our currencies (and incomes) are about 10 times weaker than those of the developed world, which is mainly in control of the finite resources. But … Continue reading

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Why it is important to join REIAoN?

The Renewable Energy Industry Association of Namibia The Renewable Energy Industry Association of Namibia (REIAoN) is a membership based organisation for promoting the cause of companies and individuals active in Namibia’s commercial renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) sector. The … Continue reading

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From Energy Hunting to Desert Business

By Conrad Roedern 10000 years ago a major revolution occurred: suddenly there was an abundance of food. Man went from hunter-gatherer to farmer. But in one area we are still hunter-gatherers: in the area of energy! We still gather wood, … Continue reading

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Why Solar makes Namibia prospering

by Conrad Roedern We live in times of a widening electricity supply gap in Namibia. There are two answers to this problem: the conventional i. e. centralised one and the de-centralised Solar answer. Let me tell the story the way … Continue reading

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Can PV Solar Replace the Baines Hydro Scheme?

by Conrad Roedern I have been revisiting the detailed article on the proposed Baines Hydro Scheme in ETANGO 4/2011. To make it clear right from the beginning: PV and hydro power generation are both sources of renewable energy. But renewable does … Continue reading

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Guidelines for PV net metering – REIAoN proposes a regulatory framework

by Conrad Roedern Following the booming development in many countries, grid-connected Solar PV systems owned and operated by electricity end-users are also becoming of interest in Namibia. The Renewable Energy Industry Association of Namibia – REIAoN is in favour of … Continue reading

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Size matters: the PV-Solar roll-out in Namibia

by Conrad Roedern Grid parity is currently arriving in Namibia. Re-visiting the 2009 forecast (ETANGO 2/2009, page 6) on grid parity makes quite interesting reading. Several large-scale PV solar project applications are pending with the Electricity Control Board (ECB). The … Continue reading

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How to mobilize the Namibian Masses for Solar?

Something is happening outside Namibia which is of extreme relevance for our country! It reminds me of the 1960ies and the beginning of the liberation struggle. Starting from Ghana the African winds of change were noticed in Namibia and motivated … Continue reading

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Fukushima calls to re-think: 100% renewables a.s.a.p.

by Conrad Roedern Namibia puts effort and money into exploring the nuclear power route. What happened in Japan was to happen only once in 100000 years. But it happened twice in 25 years! The catastrophe of Fukushima adds weight to … Continue reading

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European Solutions for African Problems – the Case of Renewable Energy

by Conrad Roedern Living and working in Namibia I am sometimes reminded of my German roots, asking myself if there is something helpful to learn in terms of renewable energy. In how far can the structural development of the industrialised … Continue reading

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