Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), with funding from European Commission ACP EU Energy Facility and NamPower

The Tsumkwe Energy Project will establish a 200 kWp solar PV array with 1000 kWh battery storage capacity in order to minimise the operation of the current diesel electricity generators and ensure uninterrupted and stable power supply. The project intends to repair, upgrade and expand the current 11 kV mini-grid and initiate mechanisms for access to alternative thermal fuels (such as LPG) and energy efficient appliances.

OneWorld provided a business plan that elaborates on the contextual, operational, managerial and financial cornerstones necessary for the efficient and effective establishment and running of the Tsumkwe Energy Hybrid System to benefit the direct beneficiaries (70+ households, 20 different institutions and 15+ businesses). OneWorld delivered a tightly packaged ownership and management model, including an indicative tariff structure for the Tsumkwe Energy Hybrid System based on a comprehensive financial model, which assists in the improvement in the state of affairs in Tsumkwe and can be replicated elsewhere in Namibia and beyond.

It showed the potential of how the new system can serve as an improvement on the current state of affairs regarding energy service in Tsumkwe, and will define how the above business purpose and objectives will enable the Tsumkwe Energy Project to create value, and who or what the beneficiary of this value is. Tsumkwe Energy will not only implement technical improvements but also investigate what additional economic opportunities can be pursued under improved energy supply conditions.


Tsumkwe Energy: Business Plan

Project Data


Tsumkwe Municipality




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