360 days of sunshine – excellent conditions for solar energy

In 2014, Gondwana started a pilot project in the oldest desert on earth and installed 1,700 solar panels on the roofs of the main building and guest chalets of the Namib Desert Lodge, covering 50 percent of the lodge’s energy needs. Our country certainly has no lack of sunshine, but a solar power plant of this size has never before been taken into operation under extreme desert conditions.

Since then Gondwana has embarked on an initiative to roll out solar energy plants at all its lodges. So far, solar plants have been installed at The Desert Grace, Damara Mopane LodgeEtosha Safari Lodge and CampKalahari Anib Lodge and Kalahari Farmhouse and at the three lodges in the Gondwana Canyon Park, namely Canyon Lodge, Canyon Village and Canyon Roadhouse. The excess energy is fed into the main supply system operated by Namibia’s national power utility NamPower.