Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) Project
To unveil Namibia’s potential with regards to renewable energies, the ‘Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia’ (PREN) Project funded by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit (BMZ) was implemented (2017 – 2019). The project aimed to promote and raise awareness on renewable energies and resource efficiency in Namibia with a focus on schools and start-ups in rural areas in line with the implementation of the COP21 Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ‘ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. The TH!NK Namibia Campaign was adjusted and continued by the PREN Project. The Project’s dynamic approach furthermore included information and educational material development, public dialogue platforms and training of multipliers.
The objectives were:
to feed the TH!NK Namibia Campaign to improve the awareness and understanding of the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency in Namibia;
to promote the use of renewable energies in rural Namibian schools as well as selected start-ups in rural areas; and
to support selected un-electrified rural schools in obtaining and maintaining renewable energy hardware.
Main implementing partners were the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), EduVentures, the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), the Namib Deserts Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) and the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED).
Further collaboration partners included the National Youth Council (NYC), the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the Omusati, Kunene and Ohangwena Regional Councils, as well as the Namibia Power Utility Company (NamPower).
Some activities were co-funded by the Nedbank Namibia and the British High Commission.
The PREN Project equipped 6 remote schools in the Kunene, Zambezi and Kavango-East Regions with basic solar systems. Furthermore, the project successfully implemented 40 workshops and trained over 800 individuals on renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as offered over 20 dialogue events of different formats attended by over 4,500 people.
To contribute to the increased use of renewable energies and energy and resource efficiency in Namibia with the focus on schools, SMEs and start-ups in rural parts of Namibia.