(New telegraph online/Dayo Ayeyemi, 13 April 2018)
In a bid to improve renewable energy use in Nigeria and 10 other countries within the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has planned to spend $12bn for its development. The other countries include Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sudan and Chad.
The launch of the project is expected to take place in Senegal following its experience in solar energy production like the Tobène Power plant with 105MW and those of Bokhol and Malicounda. The objective of the scheme is to provide power for household use, Small and Medium size Enterprises, pumping water for livestock farming, irrigation and agricultural production zon es.
Besides, it was meant to mitigate the effects of climate change by developing solar energy in desert parts of Africa. According to a document from the organisation, universal access to power demands huge means, adding that as a result AfDB is investing so much effort in the programme.
The bank is soliciting the support of other financial institutions to boost financing for the programme,” it read. Dubbed ‘Transform the desert into energy,’ the programme is also financed by the French Development Agency, AFD along the so-called Sahel Green Wall. According to the Programme Coordinator, Dr Assyonsar Masra Succès, it was part of the New Pact for African Sahel Energy, noting that Sahel has an estimated population of 400 million people, with 250 million without electricity. Apart from AfDB, AFD funding ‘Transform the desert into energy,’ other partners are International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, Solar Plaza, and private sector and technical concerns.
AFDB Country Director for Senegal, Laurence Hart, expressed joy at the fact that the country plans to achieve 30 per cent solar energy as part of its overall power output by 2019. The challenge, according to her, was developing storage capacity for generated solar energy and linking it the National grid.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn held discussion with Chang Tat Joel, Chairman of Lucky Chain Limited Company today.
Lucky Chain Limited is a huge company established with the vision of having a big market share in energy development in Africa.
Chairman Chang Tat Joel said Ethiopia is among the leading market destinations in the continent for the company.
Africa has been having a crisis when it comes to disposal of its wastes. In urban areas, the situation has become unbearable to many residents. There are heaps of urban wastes seen in major cities. This is due to the high population that is residing in those areas. But Ethiopian engineer and entrepreneur, Samuel Alemayehu has developed ways to transform the wastes into useful products. Alemayehu is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a former entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. Furthermore, he is an engineer at Stanford. He developed the first ever Africa’s waste-to-energy plant. The plant reduces dangerous and noxious wastes while improving urban centers.
According to him, the plant will be in a position to supply 30% of the household energy required in Addis Ababa. It will also incinerate 80% of rubbish found in the Ethiopian capital. That will be approximately 1,400 tons of waste daily. The project is worth $120 million run by Samuel Alemayehu who is the co-founder of Cambridge Industries. The Cambridge Industries together with CNEEC a partner from Chinese JV joined the Ethiopian government and a group of international firms to change the way the city tackles waste problem.
በ120 ሚሊዮን ዶላር ወጪ ከሦስት ዓመታት በፊት የተጀመረው የረጲ ደረቅ ቆሻሻ ኃይል ማመንጫ፣ ግንባታው መጠናቀቁንና በሰኔ ወር አገልግሎት መስጠት እንደሚጀምር ተገለጸ፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ዋና ሥራ አስፈጻሚ ወ/ሮ አዜብ አስናቀ (ኢንጂነር) እንደተናገሩት፣ ረጲ ደረቅ ቆሻሻ ኃይል ማመንጫ በ37 ሔክታር መሬት ላይ ያረፈ ፕሮጀክት ነው፡፡ ፕሮጀክቱ ከከተማው በየቀኑ ከሚወጣው 1,400 ቶን ቆሻሻ 50 ሜጋ ዋት ኃይል ለማመንጨት ታስቦ የተጀመረ መሆኑን፣ በአሁኑ ጊዜ ግንባታው ሙሉ ለሙሉ ተጠናቋል በሚባል ሁኔታ ላይ ስለሆነ፣ በሰኔ ወር 2010 ዓ.ም. አገልግሎት እንደሚሰጥ አስታውቀዋል፡፡ በኮልፌ ቀራኒዮ ክፍለ ከተማ ወረዳ አንድ ክልል ውስጥ የሚገኘው የረጲ ደረቅ ቆሻሻ የኃይል ማመንጫ ፕሮጀክት፣ በአጭር ጊዜ እንደሚጠናቀቅ የፕሮጀክቱ ሥራ ሲጀመር የተገለጸ ቢሆንም፣ ከኮንትራክተሩ ጋር በተፈጠረ አለመግባባት ሊዘገይ መቻሉን አስረድተዋል፡፡ በተጨማሪም ከፕሮጀክቱ የሚገኘውን ኃይል ወደ ብሔራዊ የኤሌክትሪክ ቋት ለመውሰድ የማስተላለፊያ መስመሮች የሚያልፉባቸው ቤቶችንና ንብረቶችን ለማስነሳትም ረዥም ጊዜ መውሰዱን አክለዋል፡፡