USD200m for Ethiopian power

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
USD200m for Ethiopian power

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved a USD200 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to the Government of Ethiopia to increase rural coverage and to provide access to modern, cost-effective electricity services to its citizens.

The World Bank said Ethiopia had made some commendable strides in improving access to electricity in the past five years. As a result, over 41% of rural towns and villages have been connected to the grid and an additional 2 million consumers have access to electricity. 

However, per-capita consumption of electricity in Ethiopia remains relatively low at about 200 kWh per year.

The Electricity Network Reinforcement and Expansion Project (ENREP) aims to support the government’s efforts to reinforce the country’s electricity network by upgrading and extending the grid in order to improve the overall service delivery of the Ethiopian electricity network.

In addition, the project will help to increase access by intensifying connections to existing households and villages in the areas already connected by the grid while at the same time, enhancing connectivity in new areas.

The project will also help to develop markets for renewable energy and energy efficient products such as, stand-alone solar home systems, solar lanterns, improved cook-stoves, biogas and compact fluorescent lamps.

“The private sector in Ethiopia will get financial support through this project to import, supply and distribute renewable energy and energy efficient products in rural Ethiopia.  This project will help create a demand driven vibrant market and shall promote solar home systems, solar lanterns, biogas plants, etc. in addition to conventional grid network development  The project targets to benefit about 385,000 Ethiopians.” said Raihan Elahi, Task team leader for the project.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

APC judgment: NCC seeks stay of execution

NCC is seeking a stay of execution of judgement following a notice of appeal against the High Court judgement that it violated the rights of the APC. Read More

Digital can overcome Africa’s challenges – Ivory Coast PM

Africa has serious challenges and to overcome them, the continent needs to go the digital route, Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan said at the 2015 Africa IT & Telecom Forum (AITTF) last week.  Read More

NCC postpones 2.6GHz spectrum auction again

Nigeria’s telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has again postponed the proposed auctioning of the 2.6 gigahertz (GHZ) spectrum band it started about two week ago.  Read More

Public private partnerships panacea to broadband development, says Etisalat chief

Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group, Ahmad Julfar has identified public private partnership (PPP) as one approach that could help African countries boost broadband development. He argued that access to broadband is a basic right for everyone. Read More

Experts commend Rwanda as a model in using ICT and e-Governance

Policy makers and experts in ICT gathered in Kigali for the Commonwealth e-Governance Forum Africa from 24-25 March 2015 have commended Rwanda as a model in using ICT and e-Governance for sustainable development.  Read More

Pay APC N500m, court orders NCC, telcos - NCC appeals

As the presidential election draws near, a Federal High Court has ordered the regulator of the telecoms sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and five other telcos to pay the All Progressives Congress (APC) the sum of N500 million for unlawfully shutting down the party’s presidential campaign fund-raising platform. Read More

CPC reads riot act to telcos, banks, others over consumer rights breaches

Nigeria’s Director-General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mrs. Dupe Atoki, has warned telcos, banks, Pay TV service providers and others in the country that end is near for the flagrant abuse of customers’ rights. Read More

Togo launches Digital School Togo project

The West African nation of Togo has launched the pilot phase of ‘Digital School Togo’, a project that is aimed at introducing digital technology in teaching and underpinning the critical importance of ICTs in the education system. Read More

Ghana Presidency gets a new E-Cabinet platform

Ghana’s cabinet on Thursday witnessed a major boost as the President John Dramani Mahama unveiled a new E–Cabinet platform to used by himself and members of his cabinet.  Read More

DRC, World Bank launch construction of CAB5

Construction work of the Central African Backbone (CAB) Phase 5 was officially launched this week by Thomas Luhaka, Democratic Republic of Congo VPM in charge of posts, telecoms and ICTs. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

2bn priced out of internet access2bn priced out of internet access

A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.