Rural Development in Namibia through Electrification with Renewable Energies

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Sector Energy
Focus area Renewable energy (unspecified)
Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope National
Stage Under development
Submitted to UNFCCC registry Yes
Start of initiative 2015
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost US$ 13 mln
Financing requested US$ 0.07 mln
Financing received to-date US$ 0.07 mln
Principal source of financing Not known
Principal type of financing Not known
Capacity building required Yes
Technology transfer required Yes
Additional information
International funder(s)
(no data)
Organization providing technical support Namibia Energy Institute (NEI)
Contact Environmental Investment Fund (EIF), Bennedict Libanda.

The overall target of the NAMA is to support Namibia in achieving the goal defined in the Off-Grid Energy Master Plan(OGEMP), namely to provide access to electricity for regions, households and companies which are currently without access to electricity, as well as improving the share of renewable energies( mainly using solar energy). The NAMA will reduce GHG emissions through the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energies and will provide the conditions for income generations and new business opportunities.

Activities: (2015 - 2030)
The NAMA covers two interventions.

  • Intervention A: mini grids will be established in rural communities. These mini grids will preferably be in the vicinity of schools and potential future tourism projects, such as Eco lodges. The mini grids will use renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydro) and will provide electricity for lighting, radio and phone chagrining for households, for service and production activities in Rural Production Zones (RPZs), and for lighting and internet for public buildings. The mini grids to be financed will be selected using the approach of “reversed auctioning”. Under reversed auctioning, offers are accepted, starting from the cheapest, until the budget available for the specific auction is used up. In the case of the mini grids, auctioning on value for money. Proposals will be ranked by their standing in the Value for Money Index (VMI), calculated as “grant support requested (in N$) per one OGEMP Point Score”.
  • Intervention B: will support the installation of Energy Zones (EZs). Currently, so-called Energy Shops sell suitable, approved energy products and compatible appliances to consumers. These will be developed into the concept of Energy Zones, by adding a Rural Productivity Zone component.
  • In its first phase, the NAMA aims to establish 10 mini grids and 13 Energy Zones.
  • Capacity-building will be a key component in the implementation of the NAMA. Special emphasis will be given to identifying and supporting the development of income-generating activities in the Rural Productivity Zones (RPZs). Another important component will be technical support during the identification and implementation of the different projects under the two interventions, as the aim is to implement technically sound projects with low operating costs.

Impact and MRV

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Cumulative GHG reductions: No data available
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: Information has not been provided
Economic: Special emphasis will be given to identifying and supporting the development of income-generating activities in the Rural Productivity Zones (RPZs), as this is the key to positive rural development.
Environmental: Information has not been provided

MRV Framework:
No MRV plan has been defined

UNDP MDG Carbon provides technical and financial support for the development of the NAMA Design Document.