WINDHOEK - Using solar power as an alternative energy source could save each household thousands of dollars annually and reduce electricity use by at least 40 percent.
The founder and managing director of Solar Age Namibia, Conrad Roedern, spoke at his stall during last week’s Green Bazaar at DHPS, indicating that the use of renewable energy could save each household thousands of dollars each year.
“Solar equipment can be costly in the beginning, but eventually you will see the difference and save a lot of money through its use. You can use it for your geyser, lighting and practically all household appliances,” he said.
An example of a simple unit was on display, one that cost under N$1 000 and has the capability of supporting two lights, a radio and the charging of cellphone batteries.
“This is the simplest device which could be used in areas where there is no electricity for lighting. It absorbs energy throughout the day and is very convenient instead of using candles and other flammable options,” he added.
Roedern urged people with insufficient funds to acquire solar equipment to apply to the Solar Revolving Fund – a fund administered by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and lends money to consumers.
The use of solar stoves could also prove vital in areas that lack electricity, according to Harald Schutt of Amusha cc.
“The stove reflects solar rays onto the compartment where food is then placed. You can easily cook rice or a meal within five hours of starting and you don’t use electricity.”
While the disadvantages of solar-powered equipment are obvious, the benefits seem to outweigh them considering that the sun has little risk of burning out (at least not in our lifetime) while maintenance requires only a yearly cleaning of the solar cells.