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 rolled out solar energy plants at almost all of its 30 lodges, the only exception being Zambezi Mubala Camp. The excess energy is fed into the main supply system operated by Namibia’s national power utility NamPower.