Friday, November 4, 2011

500 MW solar PV plant proposed in Namibia

Regular readers of this blog will now that I have followed Namibia closely noting the considerable untapped opportunities for renewable energy development in the Southern African country.

RenewableEnergyWorld.com and Climate Change Business Journal just reported the following:

SSI Energy Solutions (SSIES) out of Washington, D.C. has announced that they have reached an agreement with the government of Namibia to build a 500 MW solar PV power plant near the capital city of Windhoek. SSIES, which is currently seeking an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, is exploring the possibility of expanding the facility’s capacity to 1 gigawatt (GW) and adding wind power capacity as well. According to SSIES, the construction costs for the initial 500 MW will range from $1.6 billion USD to $2 billion USD.

I have experience working in Namibia and assisted a client to draft and execute contracts to acquire 6155 hectares of land suitable for wind or solar PV development in the country. The development opportunities in Namibia for wind or solar PV developers, solar PV EPC contractors and suppliers is clear and will be accelerated by this new 500 MW solar PV project.

4 comments:

  1. Do you have a link for SSIES? what is their company website and have they made a press release?

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  2. SSIES is the parent company of Africa Energy Corp. which was set up for the Namibia project. Their website is http://aecnamibia.com/.

    Partners in the project include former SunEdison CEO Jigar Shah, renewable energy attorney Tom Amis, Nik Patesh, Eric Henderson of the Beacon Group and Adam Stern and Gary Kleiman of The Gemstone Group.

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  3. Hi,
    I'm currently researching this proposed solar project for a Namibian newspaper and surprised to find this very big project is widely written about on the internet, but not at all in the media over here.
    Do you have any contact information for SSIES or AEC other than what they give on the website as the email address given there is not operational.

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