Namibian IPP with 125MW solar project admitted to Southern African Power Pool

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  • The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) has admitted Emesco’s Schonau Solar Energy as a Conditional Member, in the category Market Participant – one of the first in this new membership category and one of the first solar plants accepted as member of SAPP.

SAPP announced at the SAPP & MSB Market Access conference, held in Windhoek this week, that Namibian MSB licensed generator and exporter, Schonau Solar Energy (SSE), has been accepted as a Conditional Member, one of the first solar plants to be admitted under this membership category.

The Conditional Membership category supports generators and exporters in meeting bankability requirements from financiers by confirming participation on the SAPP power markets once projects become commercially operational.

The SAPP, created under the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), operates four competitive electricity markets between twelve member countries and have facilitated trade between utilities in southern Africa since 1995. The operating member countries include Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia & DRC which are primarily represented by each country’s national utility.

The 125 MW Schonau Solar Energy PV project is being developed by Emesco, is licensed under the Namibian MSB framework for generation of renewable energy and its export via the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). The export of renewable energy into the SAPP grid over the 25 year life of the project will improve generation capacity and support carbon mitigation objectives across the SADC region.

Alison Chikova, Chief Engineer (Planning and Operations) of SAPP, said, “The SAPP Conditional Membership for Market Participants was introduced in April 2023. Schonau Solar Energy is amongst four awarded conditional membership with effect from 28 August 2023 and valid for 5 years”.

Pieter Rossouw, Commercial Director of Emesco, said, “We would like to thank SAPP for entrusting Schonau Solar Energy with Conditional Membership and look forward to participating on the SAPP Power Markets. Conditional Membership is a significant milestone which brings Emesco a step closer to realizing its vision of playing a key role in Namibia becoming a net-exporter of energy.”

“We are grateful to the Namibian Electricity Control Board for developing the MSB framework which has led us this point and encourage other SAPP member states to adopt similar means of market access which will encourage investment in sustainable energy solutions across the SADC region.” Rossouw concluded.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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