Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Division was formerly a subsection of the Electricity Division and became a division on its own in 2009 after it was recognized that renewable energy will play a vital role in the achievement of the country’s sustainable development goals.

The Division is tasked with the implementation of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programmes as mandated by the White Paper on Energy Policy of 1998 (WPE). The key functions of the division are:

  • Conducting research on Renewable Energy resources in Namibia
  • Public awareness campaigns on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Implementation of the Off-Grid Energisation Master Plan (OGEMP)
  • Offer subsidized loans to rural and urban clients to procure solar energy technologies

National and International support for RE & EE diffusion

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI) was established in 2006 following a collaboration agreement with the Polytechnic of Namibia. The mandate of REEEI was to address barriers that hinder the entry of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. In 2014 this institution was transformed into the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) to include the other energy sectors.

Namibia joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2013 and the Renewable Energy Division serves as the focal point for IRENA. IRENA is a global initiative to promote and reduce barriers to the uptake of renewable energy.

The Energy and Environment Partnership with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA), started in March 2010 and provides seed financing for projects related to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy is a Platinum member of the Green Building Council of Namibia (GBCNA) which was one of the major outputs of the Namibia Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP). GBCNA strives to transform the building sector by promoting sustainable green buildings and practices.

Programmes implemented with Developmental Partners

  • Namibian Renewable Energy Programme (NAMREP) Phase I (2004-2007) and Phase II (2007-2010), co-funded by the Global Energy Facility (GEF) and supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Namibia Energy Efficiency Programme in Buildings (NEEP)(2010-2014), co-funded by GEF and supported by UNDP
  • Concentrated Solar Power Technology Transfer for Power Generation in Namibia (CSP TT NAM) programme (2014-2017), co-funded by GEF and supported by UNDP

National programmes

The Off-Grid Energisation Master Plan is a 20 year programme aiming to provide access to appropriate energy technologies to communities living in off-grid areas, through:

  • Solar electrification of public institutions
  • Establishing of Energy Shops and
  • Credit financing of solar technologies

Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

  • to create a culture of energy consciousness
  • to improve framework conditions for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technologies
  • to create dialogue platforms for advancement of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency