(The National Electrification program, NEP, document):
Adequate, reliable, and affordable electricity access connectivity nationwide is a critical enabler for realizing Ethiopia’s future growth and transformation,economic prosperity, and well-being of all its citizens nationwide. Today, grid connected household connectivity is about 20+ percent of the population. And many priority social services delivery institutions especially in rural areas—schools and clinics—also have limited access connectivity and reliability. There is no time to lose. Following release of the Government’s National Energy Strategy (NES–2016) and reflecting its recommendations, the Ethiopia’s National Electrification Program (NEP)—Implementation Roadmap (IRM) presents the Government’s action plan for achieving universal electricity access nationwide by 2025, in a strategic and comprehensive as well as efficient and transparent manner, for the benefit of all its citizens. Toward this end, the key operational action elements of the NEP-IRM target are:
(i) fast-paced ambitious grid connections rollout program implemented by Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) starting in 2018, and designed for scaling up connectivity nearly five-fold from today by 2025, to over 14 million households in customer count terms (equivalent to about 65 percent of the population in 2025 of about 22 million households); and a coordinated and
(ii) enhanced design and reach of an off-grid access rollout program alongside grid connections for the achievement of universal access by 2025, targeted to provide access for the remaining 5.7 million rural and deep rural households without grid connectivity (equivalently to about 35 percent of the population in 2025). The off-grid program component designs—deploying individual solar systems and isolated mini/micro grids as feasible—and respective implementation and financing frameworks will incorporate the relevant and proven international experience from country specific program instances where such a scale has been achieved demonstrably and sustainably, especially for rural areas. education, and water supply points—to achieve 100 percent access at the latest by 2022 in the case of secondary schools and primary health centers.
Overall, the estimated financing requirement for the first phase implementation of the program dimensioned above—grid and off-grid together (2018–2022)—is about US$1.5 billion; of which slightly over 3 percent is for program implementation support and Technical Assistance directly related to accomplish the target objectives and outcomes.