Namibia is one of the countries with plenty of sunshine and also regular wind at some regions, ideal for solar and wind power. The government encourages private households to produce electricity, since Namibia has to import most of the electricity and will not be able to cope with future demand. The method of choice is to feed the access power generated during the day into the grid and use electricity from the grid when needed at night, since large battery solutions for houses are too expensive and only short lived.
Unlike other energy providers in Namibia, the local provider at the coast, ERONGO RED charges a monthly feeding-in fee into to the power grid of N$420.-- which is equivalent to 330 kWh. The normal monthly generation and also usage of power is approximately between 500 - 600 kWh for an average household.
At the moment it does not make sense to put up solar panels or wind turbines, since the initial investment is expensive and more than half of the generated power is wasted on the cooperate greed of ERONGO RED.
We demand that ERONGO RED drops the feeding-in fee!
Please sign the petition to help make alternative energy work at the coast in Namibia.