TAATISOLAR Namibia is focused on clean energy access, water and sanitation in off-grid areas of the country. The company recently launched a project for the acceleration of the adoption of solar refrigeration appliances in collaboration with the Environment and Energy Partnership Trust(EEP Africa). The project aims to contribute to a zero-carbon future and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 for access to clean, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Taatisolar has also committed to reducing ozone layer damage by focussing on the distribution of refrigeration appliances with R600 refrigerant, which is environmentally friendly.
Taatisolar aims to raise awareness about the advantage of using DC (direct current) energy-efficient appliances in off-grid households and micro-enterprises, and underpin the vast impact technology can have on the livelihoods of people. Apart from households, the company actively engages with cooperatives to promote stand-alone solar refrigeration solutions with the objective of replacing fossil fuels, such as diesel and gas, with solar energy for the productive use of renewable energy and increased income generation.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, about a third of the food produced in the world goes to waste. Most food losses occur after harvesting and before the produce reaches the consumer. This happens partly because of a lack of adequate storage facilities or reliable transportation.
These “post-harvest losses” are as much as 20% for cereals, 30% for dairy produce and fish, and 40% for fruit and vegetables.
In Namibia, very few small scale producers have access to cold storage or refrigerated trucks and this is the reason Taatisolar embarked on the journey of making DC solar refrigeration more accessible and affordable to rural communities.
The company currently operates from Windhoek and Ongwediva where a variety of solar refrigeration appliances and solar systems are available with installations countrywide.