When considering global issues, one problem arises in the use of natural resources. Natural resources can aid economic growth, but if not used wisely, they can cause turmoil. The abuse of natural resources may stem from a lack of understanding or increased demand from population growth. Namibia is not an exception, but rather is working on a solution. Namibia’s population has grown by 15% in the past 20 years since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990.
Now that Namibia faces the challenge or providing energy to a growing population, the country has invested in renewable resources. Solar energy is the cleanest form of energy, and could be the best fit for Namibia. Known for its constant sunshine and vast desert terrain, Namibia has only 1% arable land. Therefore, lands that are rocky and flat could be used as solar farms. Namibia averages 3,300 hours of sunlight annually, making them prime candidates to be solar energy dependent.
Though Namibia has increased its solar energy usage in recent years, many Namibians still cannot attain the equipment to use clean energy. Unfortunately, due to high import taxes and tariffs, solar energy is cost prohibitive for average income earners. Another problem is inefficient battery storage for extended time.
Namibia, a developing country, faces political problems that restrain clean solar energy initiatives. Due to the country’s current recession, there is a lack of government funding for solar energy. Which is another reason why Namibia has not made positive gains to increase its solar energy production.
If Namibia can find a way to get past its obstacles, they could create more jobs to produce clean energy. In a land often labeled a desert, how ironic that it could be a leader in making our planet greener.