EnDev, Irish Aid hands over solar systems
Energizing Development (EnDev) program in partnership with Irish Aid has handed over 25 solar power systems which will benefit 125,000 people in the Southern and Tigray Regional States.
The solar equipments will be installed in social institutions such as schools and health facilities. From this, 13 of the solar panels will be distributed across rural towns and kebelles in the Southern Region whereas the rest will be distributed to Tigray.
In due process, GIZ, the German cooperation Agency will give technical assistances.
Co-funded by the Irish-fund, the EnDev – launched in 2011 in the two regions – is a EUR 2.25 million program which is intended to help those with no access to energy.
“It promotes sustainable access to modern energy services to households, social institutions and small to medium sized enterprises,” read the statement issued upon the handover ceremony in Tigray region.
Since its commencement 13 years ago, the projects installed 71 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to health posts, schools as well as framers training centers. In addition, eight solar water pumps and 6 solar water heating systems were delivered to the same institutions.
During those years, the program has reached out to 71 healthcare centers, schools and framer training centers, benefiting over 1.3 million people in the aforementioned two regions.
According to the project profile document, only five percent of the total rural population, around 67 million in Ethiopia had access to electricity.
On the other hand, Ethiopia’s power generation capacity is falls far behind the demand. In this respect, it generates a combined 4,240 MW from geothermal, wind farms as well as hydro power.
The program which will last till 2020 is targeted to benefit a total of 2,214 institutions.