This category refers to large scale rural electrification project based on renewable sources of

energy. The project must supply electricity to at least 1,000 houses.

"> This category refers to large scale rural electrification project based on renewable sources of

energy. The project must supply electricity to at least 1,000 houses.

"> Best Rural Electrification Project – Big Project 2016

Best Rural Electrification Project – Big Project 2016

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Fri, 17-Jun-2016, 11:02

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Electricity is expensive and difficult to access in Sub-Saharan Africa. Improving infrastructures would accelerate the electrification of rural areas but requires a high level of funding. Decentralised power generation projects – based on renewable energies – could be the key to unlocking this high-potential market. As yet, however, these projects have not developed business models that are genuinely sustainable over the long term.

Electricity also remains a costly resource for African consumers. The average tariff for individual customers is 13 US$ cents per kilowatt hour (13c$/KWh), i.e. close to that of OECD countries (14 c€/kWh in France) for a standard of living that is fifteen times lower. It is also substantially higher than the cost observed in other developing regions.

Electricity supply solutions for the huge rural areas not served by the power grid are more expensive still, reaching as much as 30 to 50c$/KWh for a generator, or even 70c$/KWh for the use of a photovoltaic kit. Finally, even within electrified zones the supply is not reliable: failures and blackouts occur on nearly ten days per month, involving outages lasting an average of six hours per day. The poor quality of the electricity supply entails a significant loss of earnings for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, assessed by the World Bank at more than two GDP percentage points (Eberhard et al., 2011).

Earlier this month, the US Government handed over the completed and operational rural electrification Gbarnway Solar Electricity Pilot Project to the people of Gbarnway in Lofa County Liberia, reported Front Page Africa. The project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), consists of a 24 kilowatt renewable off-grid electricity system that will provide power to 152 households, five streetlights and five public facilities, including the community school and clinic.

During the handover ceremony held on 20 July US Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, said affordable electricity, such as the Gbarnway rural electrification project, can generate significant economic benefits by creating new opportunities for businesses. Malac added that it is through electricity that pharmacies and clinics can provide a range of products and services that could not be provided without electricity and refrigeration.

Malac said the Gbarnway Solar Power Project represents a small but important step in the effort to provide rural electrification for Liberia. "That is why I am also asking all of you in the Gbarnway Community and our Government of Liberia counterparts to demonstrate your commitment to manage and sustain this project," the US Ambassador said.

She added that the United States Government, through its Power Africa initiative, remains fully committed to working with the Government of Liberia through the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) to bring electricity to all homes in Liberia.

Also speaking during the handover ceremony, RREA Executive Director Augustus Goanue thanked the US Government for the positive intervention in the Liberian energy sector. Goanue noted that in 2009, USAID worked with the Government of Liberia to develop the country's National Energy Policy.


In Ghana, the Tain District in the Brong-Ahafo Region is benefiting from a Peri-Urban Rural Electrification Project under the funding of Ghana Government through the Energy Ministry.The estimated USD $80 Million is being executed by Ibbeco Company Limited, an Accra-based Ghanaian electrical engineering firm, with Tech-Consult, also an electrical engineering  consulting firm in Accra, as the project consultants.

Mr Gyan-Tutu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tain, who initiated the project, explained to the media at Nsawkaw in the Brong-Ahafo Region that the project had become necessary because most of the big towns in the district had expanded and, therefore, needed additional supply of electricity. He said work had commenced on the project, and that some of the beneficiary communities were Nsawkaw, Seikwa, Badu, Menji, Brohani and Kwame Tenten.

Mr Gyan-Tutu added that the project covered 28 communities, saying the first- phase of it, comprising 14 communities, included the seven-listed above.


Another Rural Electrification Project being executed by China Water, a Ghanaian-based Chinese electrical engineering company, for 20 towns and villages in the district had also started a week earlier. Mr Gyan-Tutu, who did not say the cost of that project, cited some of the beneficiary towns as Koguaa, Konkonte, Dagadu, Agyanwiam, Kojowologo, Kwame Mensakrom, Adamu, Akore and Adadease.


In Namibia, Newly-appointed Governor of the Kunene Region, Angelika Muharukua, says the far north-western region is yet to benefit from rural electrification as most government institutions remain without power 25 years down the line.

Although during 2013/14 about 46 localities including formal and informal business centers in rural areas have benefited from the annual grid rural electrification projects, including the installation of transformers, only four “public institutions” were electrified with containerised solar systems in Kunene. These were three primary schools and a clinic among other projects such as police offices and agricultural development centers.

In an interview with New Era, Muharukua said: “Kunene is marginalized all the time. The electricity coming from Ruacana via Etoto, those people have not benefited. People in Okahozu and Okaupaue were also supposed to benefit but they did not. There is a need for rural electrification in the region. Most people here are not enjoying the cake of Namibia, only a few have benefited.”

Epupa gets electricity from Okanguati but no villager has benefited.“We have a clinics like Etanga and Otjondeka but they have not benefited. Kunene is still in need of rural electrification. Most schools are not electrified, only a few are,” stated Muharukua.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy in its annual report for 2013/14 says N$45 million was budgeted for rural electrification while N$40 million was budgeted for the upgrading of sub-stations. Regional electricity distributors (REDs) implemented the projects on behalf of the ministry.

However, the same report justified that Namibia has a shortage of qualified and adequately experienced contractors at present, and it is difficult to attract experienced contractors into regions such as Kavango, //Karas, Hardap and Zambezi, among other areas.

In this regard, the report suggested tender exemptions are required to allow reputable and experienced contracting companies to be approached to provide quotations and thereby fast track project implementation. “It takes contractors two to three months to receive equipment, and long waiting periods are therefore experienced,” the report stated.

EU announces new rural electrification projects which will provide access to energy to more than 3 million people in poor rural areas European Commission Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will today reveal the 21 energy projects which will receive €125 million funding, thanks to the EU’s new rural electrification programme. The projects include hydro, wind, solar and biomass projects across nine African countries.

The projects will address energy challenges in rural areas and are part of the EU’s last Energy Facility Call for Proposals, which focused specifically on improving access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for rural poor, by promoting renewable energy solutions as well as on energy efficiency measures building on proven successful actions.

The Commissioner will announce the results at the New Business Models for Bringing Sustainable Energy to the Energy Poor event in New York today, part of the UN Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum. Ahead of the event, Commissioner Piebalgs said: “These innovative projects are a real step forward in terms of bringing energy to some of the most remote and poor areas in Africa. The benefits of rural electrification are manifold - by connecting people to clean energy, we’ll improve healthcare, education, and opportunities to make a living in the area.”

The event marks the second anniversary since the Sustainable Energy for All Summit, which took place in Brussels in April 2012, where the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, set the ambitious goal of helping developing countries provide access to sustainable energy services to 500 million people by 2030.

The announcement is only part of the overall EU effort in tackling energy poverty and creating an enabling environment for growth. The EU aims to allocate more than 3 billion euro worth of grants in the 2014-2020 financial period to support sustainable energy projects in about 30 countries that see energy as a focal sector for development. This will leverage between 15 and 30 billion euro in loans and equity investment, thus enabling to plug the gaps in energy infrastructure projects and power businesses, schools, homes and hospitals.

In addition, infrastructure projects financed through our innovative blending instruments and the Technical Assistance Facility available for all Sub-Saharan African countries are already delivering results and contributing to the EU support for Sustainable Energy for All objectives. Worldwide, about 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity. Up to a billion more have access only to unreliable electricity networks. More than 2.6 billion people rely on solid fuels (i.e. traditional biomass and coal) for cooking and heating.

The projects chosen will help to bring electricity to more than 3 million people in African rural areas. They include a hydroelectric project in the Ludewa District, Tanzania, which will provide energy to 20 isolated villages; benefiting 4,000 households, 43 primary and secondary schools (about 16,000 students); one hospital and 19 dispensaries, over 500 small businesses and farmers from across the region and an Eco-electrification project in Burkina Faso, which will reach 100,000 people, as well as health centers and schools.

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Source : African Property Awards Team


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