Ethiopian Energy^Power Business Portal

Wilhelmina Diop is investing her skills in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development into providing rural communities in Ethiopia with affordable access to power, through the startup company, HelloSolar. 

Could you introduce the company?

HelloSolar is the first operational distributor of Pay-as-you-Go solar home systems (SHS) in Ethiopia. We provide our clients with affordable, reliable and sustainable solar energy solutions, payable in small instalments, via mobile money. We propose a range of products with strict quality checks, from a simple solar lantern with charging capacity to more complex SHS systems with components such as televisions and fans. We also provide full circle customer support and warranty services. As a mission-driven organization, HelloSolar believes in energy as an enabler. Accelerating access to solar energy solutions, as well as mobile money services, will support access to digital connectivity, financial services and other social services for the Ethiopian off-grid population.

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Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) awarded 12 small-scale solar energy development projects to three Chinese and one Spanish firms. According to the agreements, the power projects will be built in all parts of the country at a cost of more than 296 million birr.

The projects will be built in Oromia (three), Amhara (two), SNNP (two), Somali (one) Tigray (one) Afar (one), Benishangul Gumuz (one), and Gambella (one). Once completed, the projects will help to light more than 67, 700 rural homes, it was noted at the agreement signing ceremony.

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Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has announced the list of pre-qualified bidders for the country’s Scaling Solar tender.

In total, 28 developers submitted their applications, a new record under the Scaling Solar program. Of those, 12 have been pre-qualified to submit a proposal in the bidding process:

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Ethiopia has ambitious plans for renewable energy. Since 2017, Enel Green Power has been working alongside the Addis Ababa government to support sustainable development and the energy transition. The future of Ethiopia depends on the sun that lights its highlands, the wind that blows through its forests and the force of its rivers. The country is rich in sources of renewable energy. If taken advantage of, they can help build a sustainable tomorrow.

Aware of the country’s potential, the Addis Ababa government launched an ambitious plan in 2016 to speed up the energy transition and support the construction of plants that use the country’s abundant renewable sources. The Growth and Transformation Plan 2 involves the construction of 13.7 GW of new renewable capacity from sources other than hydroelectric in the coming years, in order to diversify the Ethiopian energy generation mix.

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