Thirty-two Erongo Households Benefit from Renewable Energy Transition Project

The ‘Towards an Inclusive Design of the Renewable Energy Transition’ (TIDRET) project recently launched an electrification campaign, in collaboration with the regional distributor Erongo RED, which benefited 32 households.

The TIDRET project is an initiative lead by the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) under the Climate Change and Inclusive Use of Natural Resources Project (CCIU-EU) of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT), administered through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The key objectives of the project are to facilitate the formulation of evidence-based, gender-sensitive Nationally Determined Contribution projects and business models for climate action (adaptation and mitigation), and subsequently, to facilitate public and private sector stakeholder dialogues to support investment in climate action on various platforms.

The project further seeks to ensure solar electrification drive across three earmarked windows businesses that are legally recognised under the laws of Namibia.

The community identified under Erongo RED for the TIDRET rural electrification component was the Shack Dwellers Association houses in Swakopmund, in the Erongo Region. One such beneficiary is Iilonna !Hoa-khaos.

!Hoa-khaos, is a single mother who moved into her house in December 2022 and had been without electricity since. Managing her day–to–day housing chores meant that she had to use a gas stove, a gas geyser for hot water, solar lights and charge her electronic devices at her mother’s house. But, one of her most challenging encounters was being without a refrigerator to store her perishable food items.

She was delighted to be selected as a beneficiary of the TIDRET project as her dream finally came true.

“This will change a lot of things for me and my son. He will be able to sit up late and study. We no longer have to chase the daylight or the sun or worry about candle-lit nights,” !Hoa-khaos said.

The Shack Dwellers Association houses located in Olutweni, in the northern part of Swakopmund, are permanent structures. The owners of these homes are low-income earners and, due to the costly price of electrical installations, can’t afford to purchase supply equipment to connect to the grid.

The TIDRET electrification drive further targeted individual households within the identified communities of which 50% were women-headed households and medium and small enterprises.

The drive is a partnership between the TIDRET project component serving as project administrator and financier and Erongo RED assuming ultimate project ownership and providing technical expertise.

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