TH!NK Namibia News

PROCEED project: Field trip in Namibia successfully completed


After more than two years of purely digital exchanges and extensive Zoom calls, the PROCEED team was finally able to meet in person in Namibia! From April 2nd to 15th, representatives from Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), University of Bayreuth (UBT), Hochschule Neu-Ulm (HNU) and IBC SOLAR AG were able to visit partners in Windhoek and travel to Tsumkwe and Gam –...

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HSF trains 14 small business owners in Zambezi


A group of fourteen small business owners from different constituencies of the Zambezi Region recently received training from the Hanns Seidel Foundation in partnership with the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia Energy Institute and the Zambezi Regional Council. The three days workshop aimed at helping small business owners develop business skills and identify business opportunities, help them identify renewable...

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Zambezi lectured on renewable energy and energy efficiency


The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) through its Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) project together with its partners Namibia Energy institute (NEI), Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and the Zambezi Regional Council recently held a public dialogue focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The dialogue event, themed ‘Towards Making Global Goals and Agreements...

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Solar energy for rural schools in Zambezi


CHETTO – The Nsundwa Combined School in Zambezi Region this week became the proud recipient of a 3kW solar power system, which is much to the relief of teachers and learners. Situated in a flood-prone area, learners at the school had to rely on candles when studying at night.Nsundwa and Kandunda Kaseta Combined School in the Kongola Constituency benefited from the...

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Energy efficiency key to fight climate change


Ruan Bestbier: The Bank of Namibia’s report on Namibia’s second quarter performance found that fuel imports significantly contributed to the decline in the country’s current account. An analysis by PSG Namibia states that the value of fuel imports increased in part due to a rise in fuel consumption stemmed from higher electricity production at the Anixas diesel-run power plant. This emergency diesel...

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“Stop selling our future”: Namibian youth demand for climate action


You can call it a historic month in the history of climate action and you would not be far from right. On 20 September 2019 young people from all over the world took to the streets of their cities calling on governments to address climate change as an urgent issue, demanding for action on climate change. Along the Independence Avenue, young...

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Otjikoto Biomass power station to contribute 40 Megawatts of Namibia’s electricity


As Namibia continues to harness the abundant renewable energy resources, the country’s national power utility NamPower has considered an investment of N$1.9 Billion into a 40 Megawatts biomass project. The Otjikoto Biomass Power Station forms part of the generation projects of NamPower targeted to generate a total of 100 Megawatts. According to Grant Muller, head of generation projects at NamPower the...

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Youth empowered on environmental sustainability


By Selma Shiwaya A group of twenty-nine young people from seven regions across the country took part in a Solar Cooking and Sustainable Living workshop that recently took place at the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) Centre in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Participants from Erongo, Karas, Hardap, Omaheke, Oshana, Omusati, Khomas and Kunene were part of the workshop that was...

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Hanns Seidel Foundation ups rural electrification


The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) recently electrified Otjikojo and Ongongo primary schools in Kunene region. The initiative, which forms part of the Foundation’s 3-year Pilot Project, Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN), aims to electrify off-grid rural schools with renewable energy. At a cost of N$ 500 000 the initiative included the installation of 3-kilowatt solar power systems at the two...

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Data Portal on Rural Electrification Workshop


Four students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the United States of America developed a data portal of schools, hospitals, and clinics, with or without electricity in rural areas in Namibia. Known as Data Portal on Rural Electrification the system can trace such facilities with accuracy that includes distance to nearest power lines, images, and the ratio of students to teachers.

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PREN Project reaches out to Kavango East and Zambezi regions


The PREN Project team accompanied by our project partners EduVentures and Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) embarked upon a familiarization visit to Kavango East and Zambezi Regions from 17 to 22 February 2019. The purpose of the visit was to meet local leaders to introduce the PREN Project and partners and visit rural schools that were identified to benefit from PREN Project...

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Hydropower development and water storage conference slated for April


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A Cry for Sustainable help


Have you ever wondered what would happen to the earth if we continue on this roller coaster called unsustainable living? The environment has a remarkable ability to sustain itself. However, human behaviours disrupt the natural environment and threaten environmental sustainability. Current trends and patterns of resource-use, coupled with a rapidly changing, increasingly unequal balance of climate change, are impacting human-environment interactions...

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New regional centre set to drive renewable energy efforts


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Sustainable Living Is Possible


There is a great African proverb that we live by at Nature is Home Namibia, it states, “There is no division between nature and humanity”. Nature is Home Namibia is a project that aims to produce eco-products and promote a nature loving society. We currently make and sell reusable shopping bags. It is important to live sustainably and in harmony with...

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E-Bikes – an innovative combination of mobility and sustainability


Recent efforts to increase the use of renewable energy sources have been driven by the following interrelated needs: to improve energy security and diversify energy sources, encourage sustainable economic development and protect the environment from the impacts of fossil fuel use. According to International Energy Agency (IEA), these motivations led to a step change in the development and deployment of a...

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Youth embrace sustainable energy


The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) through its Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) project in partnership with the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) and National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC) recently held a solar cooking and sustainable living workshop. The workshop took place at the NaDEET Centre in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Namib Desert. Read more here:

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Solar cooking impresses workshop participants


The objective of the workshop was to transfer practical knowledge of solar cooking and sustainable living through experimental methods. Read more here:

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Are Solar Panels the New Trend?


There has been a recent rise in energy costs and according to the Electricity Control Board a tariff increase of 5%, translating to an effective bulk tariff increase from N$1,61 per kilowatt-hour to N$1,69 per kilowatt-hour for the financial year 2018/19. On that same note, petrol and diesel prices has increased to an effective 60 cents per litre in June. The new pump...

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Lights on at two Ohangwena Combined Schools through HSF’s PREN PROJECT


Ohangwena Region, 19 June 2018: While there are still 71 schools unelectrified in the Ohangwena region, pupils and teachers of the Omuuni and the Ondjabayonghalu Combined Schools have good reason to smile after having been equipped with a 3kW Solar PV Systems. Through the Promoting Renewable Energy in Namibia (PREN) Project of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia two systems were...

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The Paris Agreement On Climate Change: The Essentials You Need To Know


Climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level and it requires international cooperation to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy. To address climate change, countries adopted the Paris agreement at the COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015 and...

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From The Land Of The Brave To The Land Of Energy Production


Over the next 30 years Namibia’s population is set to almost double, and like the rest of the world, more and more people will be living in urban areas or cities ( This means that more people will be using electricity and the demand for energy will increase dramatically. In 2017, an incredible 50% of the population did not have access...

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The PREN Project Participates In Namibian Women’s Association Workshop For The Namibian Children’s Movement


The Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) Project participated in a two-day workshop hosted by the Namibian Women Association’s (NAWA) Children’s Movement on the 28th & 29th April 2018 at Jakob Marengo Secondary School in Windhoek. Under the theme ‘We shall change the world’, the workshop was attended by learners from local schools in Windhoek as well as from other parts of the...

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Education For Sustainable Development In My Mother Tongue


It is in early childhood that children often experience the greatest environmental challenges, and this is time the foundations of many of their fundamental attitudes and values are first put into place. Also, through research and experience, we know that even very young children are capable of sophisticated thinking in relation to socioenvironmental issues. Therefore, the earlier Education for Sustainable Development...

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Introducing The TH!NK NAMIBIA Campaign: A Second Phase And New Look


 Sustainable development is everyone’s business. And as Namibia tackles a variety of environmental, social and economic challenges; it also has many opportunities to transform its economy into one powered by sustainable energy, efficient resource use, decent jobs and quality education. Public awareness, information sharing and capacity development are vital in order to continually make these opportunities for sustainable development a reality in Namibia. The first phase...

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Project Launch: Promoting Renewable Energies In Namibia (PREN) Project


The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia in collaboration with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), main partners and broader stakeholders officially launched the Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia project, on the 28th of September 2017 at NICE Restaurant in Windhoek. The event was aimed at introducing the PREN Project and outlining its objectives to various stakeholders. Moderated by Abraham Hangula from the Namibia Energy Institute...

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