Ethiopian Energy^Power Business Portal

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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Effective September 27, 2018, importers of solar energy appliances are no longer subject to quality assessment processes and invoice guarantee payments. The Ministry of Trade exempted importers from payments made to obtain import authorisation certifications. For sample during inspection processes, importers were expected to pay 19,000 Br and deposit 0.5pc of the total import value as an invoice guaranty.

Solar panels, batteries, battery chargers, controllers and power inverters had previously been mandated to pass through conformity assessment procedures at custom clearance points that inspect the quality of the products. As of the end of September, the companies will avoid this inspection process. However, they will still be required to bring products on par with international conformity certificate standards. Currently, a total of 386 solar equipment importers are operating in the country.

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