As President Barack Obama is closing his tour of Africa, he has announced a $7 billion initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. The timeline for this plan is over the next five years and will work in collaboration with Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania to explore and develop electricity power generation.
This plan is surely attractive to Dr. Louis van Pletsen, who spoke at the Namibia Chamber of Commerce in Industry (NCCI) gala dinner this past Saturday. He noted that Namibia is “one of the most attractive wind sources in the world” while citing evidence that Africa will require a doubling of electricity production by the year 2030. It is apparent that utilization of alternative energy sources, such as wind turbines, in Namibia may accomplish this task. With funding from the USA and cooperation from other African countries, we may see Dr. Pletsen’s suggestion become a reality.