Increased demand for electricity and the developing interest in renewable energy has caused a rethink of traditional utility supply. Added to this, the high level of solar radiation the region offers ideal conditions for solar projects. DEGER’s patented and intelligent MLD technology optimally uses real time analysis of the conditions, to increase the energy output of the single-axis tracker systems by an average of 30%. Namibia is the latest region to team up with DEGER to realize their energy independence goals.
The first 16 DEGERtracker S60H units were installed with a capacity of 96 kWp to provide a farm with energy every day. The off-grid installation with an integrated storage system comprises 384 solar modules with a capacity of 250 Wp each. A unique feature of the single-axis DEGERtracker S60H is the ability to use different types of foundations. In this case the use of a steel foundation means that no concrete is necessary for the installation. For this purpose, the soil was excavated to a depth of about one meter and the steel structure was lowered into position. By backfilling and compressing the earth, the steel structure is anchored firmly in the ground and no additional material is required. This type of installation is not only time and space saving but also environmentally friendly.
The high irradiation values of about 2,100 kWh / kWp in southern Namibia provide excellent conditions for solar energy. The market penetration of DEGER shows that this high potential can be optimally exploited with the use of high-quality tracking systems. In the coming years, Namibia’s government wants to increase the proportion of renewable sourced electricity in the energy mix to free itself from dependency on foreign imports.