Tsumkwe inauguration

The Tsumkwe Energy solar/diesel hybrid system was inaugurated at a big media event in Tsumkwe on the 24th of January 2012. As the EU funding is coming to an end in February 2012, this marked the end of DRFN’s direct involvement in the management and monitoring of the system. Dr. Mary Seely (in the picture), representing the DRFN, gave a key note address at the event.

Discussions with EU, NamPower and Otjizondjupa Regional Council regarding sustainability of the plant and possibilities for DRFN to continue its involvement are still on-going.

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Fransiska Nghitila and Faith Simataa attended the Finnish Round Table meeting which was held from 29-30 September 2011 at the NIPAM premises in Olympia, Windhoek. The first day was dedicated to a training workshop on HIV/AIDS facilitated by Positive Vibes, a local non-governmental organisation involved in capacity development of those infected and affected by the pandemic.

This was done to set the scene for the second day, where project partners had to provide feedback on project activities carried out by them thus far with the Finnish funding. As a result of this, the main aim is to mainstre...

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Oct
16
2011

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The Director of the DRFN, Viviane Kinyaga handing over a Otji-toilet to Mr Paul Gertze.

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Oct
12
2011

The Tsumkwe Energy hybrid system was commissioned in early August 2011. This state-of-the art solar diesel system, with a capacity of 200 kWp solar and 300 kW diesel, is the largest of its kind in Africa, feeding its electricity into a mini-grid supplying the entire settlement of Tsumkwe.

Commissioning

Commissioning of the hybrid system: 13 August 2011

Installation

Installation of the hybrid system: 08-13 August 2011

If proven technically robust, the hybrid system will provide a feasible strategy towards rural off-grid electrification in Namibia and other developing countries. A training programme for technical staf...

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