“Together with our local electrical partner System Automation & Management we have won a tender from the German School in Pretoria (Deutsche Schule Pretoria) to install two solar power systems on the roofs of the school building. We are extremely excited about this and look forward to taking Namibian expertise across the border and proving that we are a force to be reckoned with,” said Bernd Walbaum, the managing director of O&L Energy.
The company will install a photovoltaic system on the building of the primary school and another system on the roof of training and educational services. The main equipment will be supplied by German manufacturers Solarworld.
O&L Energy is part of the Namibian Ohlthaver and List Group of Companies and focuses on the development, implementation and operation of large-scale renewable energy projects in Southern Africa, especially solar power, solar water heating and bio-energy.
Walbaum explained that the Deutsche Schule Pretoria had been awarded a financial grant from the German government for the implementation of energy saving initiatives and improvement of environmental aspects. Great emphasis is placed on high quality equipment and professional installations and services. The solar power system will provide electricity for the school during daytime and it will also be connected to the municipal grid. “The electricity produced will feed into the two main distribution boards and a display panel will be installed in the reception area of the school. The panel will show instantaneous power produced, energy yield and carbon emission savings,” added Walbaum.
Besides the solar power systems, the Deutsche Schule Pretoria will also invest in solar water heating installations, new PVC windows and other insulation materials.