The 5MW Outapi solar PV project in the north of Namibia will begin connection testing this month with commercial operations to begin soon after, local impact investor and project founder Camelthorn Business Ventures told African Energy. The project was one of 14 renewable energy independent power producers with combined capacity of 70MW selected through the country’s interim feed-in tariff programme in 2015.
Camelthorn began developing the project in 2012, securing a generation licence in 2014. Another local investor, Ino Investment, joined the project in 2016 as a minority shareholder and a charitable trust created for the local community, the Outapi Impact Trust. The project reached financial close in the same year, backed by the Development Bank of Namibia, and Contatto Namibia, a subsidiary of Italy’s Contatto Srl, was appointed as engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Ino Investments, alongside other local partners, acquired Camelthorn’s stake at the end of May 2017, allowing Camelthorn to focus on other projects. Both Camelthorn and Ino are participating in the operations and maintenance of the plant.
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