EmNEW and NRC Ethiopia sign agreement
The project, “Scaling Solar for Humanitarian Operations in Ethiopia” intends - following a 6 months feasibility study - to finance, construct and operate solar power plants for 2-3 refugee settlements in Ethiopia. In addition to NRC, EmNEW and Ethiopian developer Ethio Resources Group (ERG), the project is co-financed with a grant from Innovation Norway.
The study will also seek to evaluate the potential demand for electricity around the refugee settlements, with the aim of extending the solar distribution network from the refugee camps to neighbouring communities. The lessons learnt will also be documented and used for scaling-up the project as well and disseminated to other parties for knowledge sharing and replication.
Serving more than 5,000 customers and operating from 37 sales points in five regions of Ethiopia including Somali, Amhara, Gambella, Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) and with a plan to expand in two more regions, Hello solar, a solar energy solutions distributor in Ethiopia operating on a Pay-as-you-go model using HelloCash mobile money service provider as the payment solution, has shared the learning experience in its March 2020 report.
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An agreement has been signed to construct two solar power plants in the Afar and Somali region. According to the press release which issued at the Hilton Hotel in December 19/2019. The accord has signed between the Ministry of Finance, Ethiopian Electric Power and ACWA Power Company.
Teshome Tafese (PhD), State Minister of Finance announced that the two solar power projects will be built at Gad, in the Somali Regional State and the second project will erect at Dechoto, in the Afar Regional State.
The state Minister, also pointed out that, the two solar projects have an installed capacity of generating 250 MW, each having a capacity of 125 MW of power worthing USD 300 million for construction.
According to Dr. Teshome, the agreement will play a significant role engaging the private sector in the energy development thereby bouncing the energy sector and alleviating the government’s debt burden.
Tourists will pay certain amount on top of visa fee.
A new bill that will introduce an ecotax, a tax levied on activities considered harmful to the environment, is in the making. Drafted by the Environment, Forest & Climate Change Commission, the bill has been in the making for the past five months and is expected to be tabled to the Council of Ministers this week. It will form the Eco-Fund, which will be reporting to the Prime Minister and will be tasked with administering the funds collected through the scheme. The Fund will be treated separately and be used for environmental protection.
Dubbed the Eco-system Service Payment, the proclamation is aimed at promoting environment-friendly activities through economic incentives. It will collect funds in two ways: through a green tax and an eco-system service fee; both will be treated separately with two new directives that will follow the legislation of the proclamation. The green tax mainly targets pollutants that affect the environment in different ways and the collected taxes will be directed to environmental rehabilitation. It will be imposed on fossil fuels, petroleum, mining and the usage of pesticides, among others.
An eco-system service fee will be imposed on companies and service providers that base their business on natural resources. It is applied with a baseline contract to be signed with these businesses to make them contribute to the preservation and conservation of natural resources. It applies to national parks, water bottlers, private or public dam owners, genetic resources, and businesses in the tourism sector.