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Namibia Meets Limits of Power Grid in Embracing Renewable Energy

  • Utility says grid needs expansion to handle more power plants
  • African nations relys on hydropower, imports from Eskom

Namibia, the southwest African country whose desert lines the coast, may soon have to temper its love for renewable power -- at least until the grid can catch up.

In just a few years, the nation that’s considerably bigger than Texas but with only around 2.5 million people, installed almost 55 megawatts of generation from renewables and has projects under construction for another 121 megawatts, according to NamPower, the state-owned utility.