Friday 18 June 2021
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OLC Energy inaugurates largest solar-plus-battery storage system in Namibia

OLC Energy, the Joint Venture between O&L Energy – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – and Cronimet Mining Power Solutions, together with O&L Leisure recently inaugurated Namibia’s largest photovoltaic and storage system at Chobe Water Villas (a property of O&L Leisure) in the Zambezi region.
The plant, constructed in July 2018, has been in operation since August, and supplies the entire lodge with clean energy. Speaking at the inauguration of the solar-plus-battery storage system, O&L Energy CEO, and OLC Energy Director, Bernd Walbaum said the plant will contribute significantly to downsizing operational cost of Chobe Water Villas, and ensure a reliable and sustainable energy supply for guests. Walbaum: “With a capacity of 150 kWp solar photovoltaic system and a 332 kWh Lithium-Ion energy storage system, this plant is the largest of its kind in Namibia. This modern system is backed up by two 80 kVA diesel generators. The entire plant is managed by an intelligent controlling system which co-ordinates all 3 energy supply sources automatically. OLC Energy is very proud to have developed and installed yet another renewable energy system for O&L Leisure, after the solar plants at Midgard Country Estate and Mokuti Lodge have started operation already beginning of 2018. With this energy plant we also put a new emphasis in the Namibian tourism industry.”
Managing Director of Cronimet and OLC Energy Director, Steffen Kammerer added that this project is another milestone in the field of renewable energy in Namibia. “Together with Qinous – an intelligent energy storage solutions provider that delivered the battery system for the project, we successfully implemented the hybrid system which is the biggest project of its kind in Namibia so far and another innovative step in the right direction for a sustainable and clean energy future for Namibia.” Cronimet was also the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) provider of the project and OLC Energy takes over the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services to the combined solar and storage facility. Also with this new energy plant OLC Energy has become one of the leading solar PV developers and Independent Power Producers in Namibia and neighbouring countries and is busy developing several more solar PV, Hybrid and mini-grid projects.
Chobe Water Villas is O&L Leisure’s latest addition to its portfolio. The world-class, 16-room, 7-star establishment, inaugurated in October 2016 – is located at the eastern tip of the famous Caprivi Strip, in the Zambezi Region of Namibia. The lodge is situated in the 150 km² Kasika Conservancy, in a secluded position directly on the banks of the Chobe River and near to the town of Kasane in Botswana. This location affords unobstructed views towards the world-renowned Chobe National Park and also overlooks Kasikili (Sedudu) Island, which boasts a phenomenal density of wildlife species, including elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, eight species of antelope and over 460 species of birds.

Issued by O&L

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