Swiss developer HopSol has selected First Solar modules for a 5MW project in Namibia in southern Africa.
The Otjozondjupa Solar Park is set to be Namibia’s largest grid-connected PV project when completed later this year, accounting for around 1% of the country’s total generation capacity.
Located near Grootfontein in central Namibia, the Otjozondjupa project will incorporate around 52,000 of First Solar’s CdTe thin-film modules.
It is expected to deliver around 14,000MWh of electricity per year to state-owned utility, NamPower.
“Our decision to select First Solar’s thin film modules was primarily driven by the operating conditions in the area. We needed a reliable module technology that would thrive in the hot temperatures that are common in the summer months and also deliver energy in cloudy, low-light conditions. In fact, by our estimates, thin-film modules deliver up to 10% percent more energy in Namibia than conventional silicon PV panels,” said Robert Hopperdietzel, chairman of HopSol AG.