The SOLTRAIN project, which was initiated in 2009, is financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and it is implemented by AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies, Austria, in cooperation with project partners from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The overall goal of this southern African regional project is to contribute to the switch from a fossil fuel based energy supply to a sustainable energy supply system based on renewable energy.
Mr John Titus, the Director in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, delivered a welcoming speech to the delegates, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Simeon Negumbo. ”Impacts of activities and contributions from SOLTRAIN are already evident in Namibia, especially in our work towards the Renewable Energy Policy, Demand Side Management Framework, Update of the National Energy Policy, the development of the curricula in Universities, and in Vocational Training Centres,” Titus said.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, via a speech read by Lameck Mwewa, a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Science, elaborated on the SOLTRAIN project achievement.
“The initiative has funded and facilitated the installation of water heating systems at five Vocational Training Centres (Okakarara, Valombola, Zambezi, Eenhana, and Rundu) for use in the training of their students. The project acquired two demonstration trailers for NUST and the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre. A curriculum in solar thermal systems is also being developed for the VTCs,” he said.
The platform was also used to handover a scholarship to a NUST student, Anna Amupolo, courtesy of SOLTRAIN. Amupolo is studying toward a Bachelor of Technology in Power Engineering.
The workshop was organised by the University’s Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), in conjunction with the AEE INTEC - Institute of Sustainable Energy Systems (Austria), and the Ministry of Mines and Energy.