500 MW Solar Power Plant Will Be Southwest Africa's Largest

A massive new solar power plant is in the works for Namibia, Renewable Energy World reports. The proposed project, to be built near the capital Windhoek by SSI Energy Solutions, currently has a power purchase agreement with the Namibian government for 500 MW worth of electricity -- with a potential expansion, adding on wind power, of another 500 MW.

The solar power part is expected to costs in the $1.6-2 billion range. Construction is expected to begin in January, and to be completed by 2013.

IEA stats (the latest from 2008) show Namibia's domestic electricity production coming 68% from hydropower and 32% from coal -- the latter imported from neighboring South Africa. Domestic generation from those sources was 2097 GWh, with an additional 2147 GWh of electricity imported.

Some quick calculations on the output from this proposed 500 MW power plant would go a long way towards meeting that demand from renewable sources.

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