MTC Decides to Use Wind and Solar Power to Reduce Power Outages

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), a company formed in partnership between Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings (NPTH), Telia and Swedfund in 1994 and currently managed by Portugal Telecom (PT), has declared the opening of its wind power production services over the Erindi Mountain located in Erindi Game reserve within the north central part of Namibia.

The company has installed a vertical type of wind generator at a cost of N$230,000 in Erindi. MTC is planning to set up horizontal type of wind turbines which are ideal for coastal locations at its proposed Mile 108 wind site. The third wind turbine site of the company is to be located over the Sossusvlei Mountain in southern Namibia.

Earlier during 2006 the MTC had tried a mixed solar and wind power production attempt in partnership with Motorola at the BTS station in Dordabis. The idea was to find a solution to tide over its problem of frequent solar power outages at its BTS stations during rainy season and during solar shadow times. Motorola played a leading role in the solar and wind solution study project. The research solution finally arrived at by the companies got an international award. Currently MTC is preparing to equip its BTS stations with a wind generator to have uninterrupted power supply all through the year.

Tim Ekandjo, Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer at MTC, said that the company is installing both solar and wind power production facilities to those places that does not fall within the serving limit of the national grid. He expressed his confidence about facing less power related problems after the wind generator installation. He unveiled the intention of the company to sell excess power to the grid and contribute its might for clean power usage.

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