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|Title: ||Namibian policy perspectives on solar energy.|
|Authors: ||Ndhlukula, Kudakwashe|
|Keywords: ||Solar energy policy - Namibia|
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Citation: ||Ndhlukula, K. (2012). Namibian policy perspectives on solar energy. In B. Parthan & H. Ramadas (Eds.), Orange deals: Solar energy policy initiatives worldwide (Chapter 2). Trivandrum, India: Centre for Energy Studies and Policy Analysis.|
|Abstract: ||Namibia’s policy priorities on energy and its development are based on the White
Paper on Energy Policy of 1998. The White Paper sets six strategic goals:
1. Effective governance
2. Security of supply
3. Social upliftment
4. Investment and growth
5. Economic competitiveness and efficiency
The White Paper also recognises the importance of renewable energy and energy
efficiency in Namibia’s socio-economic development as providing ‘sustainability’
and ‘security of supply’ by virtue of diversification and the use of locally
Since the launch of the Policy Paper in 1998, a number of initiatives and
renewable energy programmes have been set in motion in partnership with various
local and international groups.
The country, like most developing countries, faces immense challenges in
providing basic infrastructure such as electricity and energy services, in general,
to previously disadvantaged communities. Many of these communities reside
in communal areas, and they are far too displaced for grid electrification to be
This paper analyses some of these initiatives, especially those that are focussd
on solar energy. Some of the key questions to be addressed in the paper
are as listed below.
1. What key strategic initiatives and their specific objectives have been implemented
so far in the fulfillment of the Policy Paper?
2. How effective and efficient have these initiatives been?
3. What is the level of wider stakeholder involvement in the initiatives? 4. How is financing and quality assurance of solar energy technologies being
addressed through the policy framework?
5. What are the inadequacies in the Policy Paper to address the current and
future challenges in the solar energy sector?|
|Description: ||Book Chapter by Kudakwashe Ndhluluka of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI), Polytechnic of Namibia.|
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