06 January 2015, Addis Ababa – The Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Energy (MoWIE), through its Rural Electrification Fund, REF, has procured 11,488 solar home systems, SHS, from the Chinese Company Cecep Oasis New Energy Company, which are expected to be delivered within three weeks.
The IDA provided the financing, a total of 2.8 million dollars, for the purchase of the systems which will be distributed to 11, 488 households that are members of the 207 cooperatives in the regions.
At different times previously the Ministry had procured and distributed institutional solar systems, says YisehakSeboka, the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) Coordinator at the Ministry. The first was in 2006 when 200 health posts received these systems.
Out of these systems, Afar received seven, Somali 14, BenishangulGumuz four, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) 37, Harari two, Amhara 49, Tigray 14 and Oromia 69. Then the Ministry distributed 100 institutional solar systems to 100 schools around the country. Then the Ministry used 918,388 dollars of GEF grant to buy 270 institutional Solar Systemsfrom Zhejiang Holly International Co., Ltd; these were distributed to as many schools. After that the Ministry bought 345 institutional solar systems from the Indian M/S Lucky Export using 1.6 million dollars of GEF grant; these were distributed to 345 health institutions.
The IDA, too, had supported the home system in a much larger scale, providing 10.4 million dollars, with which 25,000 units were bought from the Chinese Poly Technologies; these were distributed to 25,000 households. A second purchase after that availed 3,735units.
The current solar home systems procurement was shipped from China on December 29, 2014.
Oromia,Amhara and the Southern regional state will be the biggest beneficiaries from the latest purchase, each getting 2,861SHSs, 2,654, and 2,346, respectively. Tigraywill get 1,217, Gambella 694, BenshangulGumuz 494, Harari 487, Diredawa 385, Somali 250, andAfar 100.
The generation capacity of the newly shipped SHSs will be 480.7kw, which will be additional to the existing generation power of 145,149.98kw of the SHSs.
The REF, which was established in 2003, is intended for the creation of access to electricity for off-grid rural residents.
The five-year’s Growth and Transformation plan for the SHSs is to reach 150,000 SHSs, and electrifying 3,000 rural institutions.
The REF, with 40 million dollars loan from the World Bank, plans to distribute 37,000 SHSs, 176,000 solar lanterns, 100 fuel saving stoves, and construct 10,000 biogas plants until September 2017.
*Jemal Abdu Fortune Staff Writer -Addis Fortune