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Challenges for off-grid electrification in rural areas : Assessment of the situation in Namibia using the examples of Gam and Tsumkwe

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Hoeck, Inken ; Steurer, Elmar ; Dolunay, Özge ; Ileka, Helvi:
Challenges for off-grid electrification in rural areas : Assessment of the situation in Namibia using the examples of Gam and Tsumkwe.
In: Energy, Ecology and Environment. Vol. 7 (October 2022) Issue 5 . - pp. 508-522.
ISSN 2363-8338
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40974-021-00214-5

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Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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Access to electricity is vital for the social and economic development of a country. Nevertheless, electrification is still a major challenge, especially for countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Growth in access to electricity in total numbers has slowed down in recent years. Namibia in particular appears to be in a predicament, since a large portion of its widespread population cannot be connected to the main grid at reasonable costs. Furthermore, Namibia relies heavily on imports of coal-based electricity, which limits the country’s ability to achieve its pledged sustainability goals. This is quite paradoxical as Namibia has one of the highest solar irradiation levels in the world, providing the possibility to generate large amounts of solar electricity at very low costs and to electrify rural areas through solar off-grid systems. These favorable conditions should be exploited, not least in view of the growing demand for energy, which potentially exacerbates the present situation. This paper therefore presents firstly general challenges for off-grid electrification and subsequently illustrates the effects in Namibia on the example of two off-grid areas in Gam and Tsumkwe. Several deficiencies within the country’s current off-grid approach are revealed, most notably the one-sided off-grid legislation and the neglect of educational outreach to the local community.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography > Chair Social and Population Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rothfuß
Graduate Schools > University of Bayreuth Graduate School
Graduate Schools > Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (BayNAT) > Space and Society
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools > Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (BayNAT)
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences > 350 Public admininistration, military science
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 08:55
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2023 08:55
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/73196