Grupo Alten has actively participated in the call for tenders issued by Namibia Power Corporation, the country’s national electric power company, in May 2016 for the development, construction and funding of a 45.45 MW photovoltaic power plant with a surface area of 100 Ha. The plant will be located in the region of Hardap in the municipality of Mariental in the south of the country, 230 km from the capital city, Windhoek.

The technology planned for this plant will be crystalline silicon panels with single-axis trackers. The project has a maximum term of 12 months after the contract is awarded for the start of commercial operations.  The winning bidder will be made public within the upcoming weeks. Alten was one of the 13 companies that submitted an offer for this contract.

Namibia is one of the African countries with the greatest electric power infrastructure and a high level of electrification yet also highly dependent on energy from abroad.

It currently imports 70% of the energy it consumes; hence, the need to expand its power generation assets with clean energies such as renewable energies that also allow them to meet the growing needs of mining companies.

Namibia is the fifth leading producer of uranium in the world and one of the most important diamond producers.

Technical Characteristics:

• Peak power: 45,4545 MWp
• Country: Namibia
• Municipality (Province): Hardap
• Technology: 1 axis solar trackers, Soltec 2 Vertical x 45 modules per tracker
• Modules: Chint 325 Wp
• Inverter: Gamesa Electric 2.5 MVA (50ºC), Power Blocks 2 indoor inverters
• MV transformers: 9×5 MVA (50ºC), 33 kV / 660 V / 660 V
• Distribution company: NamPower
• Start of operation: September 2018
• Other data: HV transformer: 42 MVA ONAN, 33/66 kV YNd11