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Inaugurated photovoltaic storage system at Chobe Villas to downsize operational costs – Tourists won’t be left in the dark

Inaugurated photovoltaic storage system at Chobe Villas to downsize operational costs – Tourists won’t be left in the dark

Cronimet Mining Power Solutions, together with O&L Leisure recently inaugurated what O&L Energy said this week to be the country’s largest photovoltaic and storage system at Chobe Water Villas in the Zambezi region

The plant, constructed in July 2018, has been in operation since August, and supplies the entire lodge with clean energy.

Speaking at the inauguration of the solar-plus-battery storage system, O&L Energy CEO, and OLC Energy Director, Bernd Walbaum said the plant will contribute significantly to downsizing operational cost of Chobe Water Villas, and ensure a reliable and sustainable energy supply for guests.

“With a capacity of 150 kWp solar photovoltaic system and a 332 kWh Lithium-Ion energy storage system, this plant is the largest of its kind in Namibia. This modern system is backed up by two 80 kVA diesel generators,” Walbaum said.

According to him the entire plant is managed by an intelligent controlling system which co-ordinates all 3 energy supply sources automatically.

OLC Energy is very proud to have developed and installed yet another renewable energy system for O&L Leisure, after the solar plants at Midgard Country Estate and Mokuti Lodge have started operation already beginning of 2018.

Managing Director of Cronimet and OLC Energy Director, Steffen Kammerer added that this project is another milestone in the field of renewable energy in Namibia.

“Together with Qinous, an intelligent energy storage solutions provider that delivered the battery system for the project, we successfully implemented the hybrid system which is the biggest project of its kind in Namibia so far and another innovative step in the right direction for a sustainable and clean energy future for Namibia,” he added.

Cronimet was also the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) provider of the project and OLC Energy takes over the Operation and Maintenance services to the combined solar and storage facility

Chobe Water Villas is O&L Leisure’s latest addition to its portfolio. The 16-room, 7-star establishment, inaugurated in October 2016 is located at the eastern tip of the famous Caprivi Strip, in the Zambezi Region of Namibia.

The lodge is situated in the 150 km² Kasika Conservancy, in a secluded position directly on the banks of the Chobe River and near to the town of Kasane in Botswana. This location affords unobstructed views towards the world-renowned Chobe National Park and also overlooks Kasikili (Sedudu) Island, which boasts a phenomenal density of wildlife species, including elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, eight species of antelope and over 460 species of birds.

Caption: F.L.T.R: Nerise Coetzee, General Manager: Chobe Water Villas; Managing Director of Cronimet and OLC Energy Director, Steffen Kammerer; Suvana Pak (Cronimet); Albius Santundila (Chobe Water Villas); Alex Vassev (Cronimet); Timothy Siyenta (Chobe Water Villas), and O&L Energy CEO, and OLC Energy Director, Bernd Walbaum at the inauguration of the photovoltaic and storage system at Chobe Water Villas.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.