Regional Governor, Erginus Endjala has revealed that Olushandja Dam near Oshakati in the Omusati region, may soon provide solar energy to Epalela and the surrounding areas in Namibia. He made this known at a meeting held at the Omusati Regional Council to discuss alternative solutions to the controversial proposal to close of the Caluque-Oshakati Canal.
Omusati Regional Governor said a local company has established that Olushandja Dam is capable of supplying up to 30KW of solar power. The dam, which was constructed in 1990, has the capacity to store 42.3 million cubic meters of water and has a surface area of 29 square kilometers when full. It is located 120 km northwest of Oshakati.
Endjala said the dam would be covered with floating solar panels to provide energy, adding that the panels would also ensure that water stored in the dam is purified, a concern NamWater raised in previous meetings, where the company mentioned that more than half the water stored at the dam evaporates and is not utilised. NamWater proposed covering up the canal and replacing it with underground pipes, claiming the company spends about N$6 million a year on maintenance.
The Namibia Water Corporation or NamWater is a parastatal in Namibia. It is wholly owned by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of Namibia. The company employs over 600 workers across the country
Olushandja Dam is a dam on the Etaka River outside of Oshakati in the Oshana Region of Namibia. The dam was completed in 1990. Its lake has a maximum capacity of 42.331 million cubic meters, and stores water from the Calueque Dam on the Cunene River in nearby Angola which supports the Ruacana Power Station downstream.