Oh My Africa – September 2014

Namibia “has begun the construction process of a historic solar project”, according to The Namibian, a creatively-titled English-language newspaper over here.

Why historic? Because it’s the country’s “first utility-scale ground mounted PhotoVoltaic (PV) power plant.”

Why is this in my collection of weird, funny, and ridiculous things in Africa?  Because Namibia, the land of 300 days of sunshine a year, the land with a sun on its flag, just now, nearly 15 years into the 21st century, stopped piddling around with coal long enough to build a solar power plant.

This may have something to do with its serious energy deficit, and that it imports nearly all of its energy from other countries, and that those deals are on the verge of expiring, but hey, at least they’re doing something.

As the Namibian reports: “The 4,5 megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant will supply over 1% of Namibia’s domestic power generation.”

Hey, like I said, at least it’s something.

Baked mud

The sun. It don’t mess around.



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