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Ethiopia is set to become the wind capital of Africa. As countries rally around for cleaner, alternative sources of energy to meet their needs as well as their commitments as promised at COP 22 which took place in Paris, France in 2015, there has been an increasing shift to solar power.

Ethiopia is set to become the wind capital of Africa

However, some other countries are harvesting another natural resource to meet energy demands–Wind. Ethiopia - Ethiopia Inaugurates the Gilgel Gibe III Dam (Construction cost: 1.57 Billion USD) Ethiopia's 1,870mw Gibe III Plant Begins Operations. By Andualem Sisay Addis Ababa — Ethiopia on Saturday inaugurated the €1.5 billion ($1.57 billion) Gibe III hydro plant on River Omo.

Ethiopia's 1,870mw Gibe III Plant Begins Operations

The plant has 10 turbines each with a capacity of 187MW, and will increase Ethiopia's total electricity output to 4,238 megawatts. It is located 450km southwest of the capital Addis Ababa and is expected to supply both domestic and export markets. Ethiopia: Nation Has Potential to Generate Over 10,000 Mw Geothermal Power - Study. By Fanuel Lakew Geothermal power is friendly to the environment and does not displace people during the construction phase though it takes long time and costs huge amount of capital.

Ethiopia: Nation Has Potential to Generate Over 10,000 Mw Geothermal Power - Study

The Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) said citing a study it conducted that Ethiopia could generate over 10, 000 MW from geothermal power. Public Relations and Communication Director Tamiru Mersha told the Amharic daily Addis Zemen that the study was conducted on 150,000 square km of the rift valley which is endowed with a very high temperature. Conducted 25 years back, the study confirmed that over 5,000 MW could be generated identifying 16 potential areas. Ethiopia: Benefiting More From Geothermal Power. Editorial About 90 per cent of Ethiopia's energy sector is dominated by traditional biomass fuel such as firewood, agricultural waste and animal dung.

Ethiopia: Benefiting More From Geothermal Power

This situation has created a constant pressure on the insufficient forestry resources of the country that cause land degradation and loss of agricultural soil fertility. While geothermal is the energy stored underground as hot water/steam, its renewable and environmentally harmless nature makes it one of the preferred modern energy resources. These days, geothermal energy shows considerable potential for supplying people with sustainable renewable energy worldwide. Ethiopia: Nation Has Potential to Generate Over 10,000 Mw Geothermal Power - Study. Ethiopia: 'Ethiopia Is the Richest Country in the World in Terms of Water and Solar Resources' - Sun Yue. Photo: Addis Fortune Solar panels capable of producing 236KW of energy on display. interviewBy Daniel Beyene Recently,The Ethiopian Herald held an interview with Chief Marketing and Technical Officer of ZTE Limited Ethiopian branch, Mr.Sun Yue.

Ethiopia: 'Ethiopia Is the Richest Country in the World in Terms of Water and Solar Resources' - Sun Yue

He discusses the sustainable resources and the solar system in Africa. Excerpts of the interview follow. How sustainable and cost effective is off-grid solar power system to Africa ? As you know, Africa has not exploited its non-renewable resources such oil, coal and some other fuels. ZTE has a strong capability on solar energy. Ethiopia’s massive Gilgel Gibe III Dam starts power generation. The grand Gilgel Gibe III dam Photo: viaggietiopia Ethiopia’s Gilgel Gibe III Dam, which is the country’s largest hydropower plant has started power generation following a successful trial production which began in August.

Ethiopia’s massive Gilgel Gibe III Dam starts power generation

Alemayehu Tegenu, former Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, tweeted last week: “Dear all, good news GG III has started power generation this evening,” Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported. Index1. Ethiopia plans to become carbon-neutral by 2030. World Bulletin / News Desk In mid-June, Ethiopia – Africa’s second most populous nation – told the UN it plans to slash carbon emissions and become a carbon-neutral middle-income country by 2030.

Ethiopia plans to become carbon-neutral by 2030

Critics on social media, which was abuzz following the country’s announcement, asked why a country that is already not industrially developed should commit itself to reducing emissions while India and China, some of the world’s worst emitters, are reluctant to make the necessary environmental commitments. Ethiopia is not a large emitter and such commitments would prevent it from industrializing in the future, opponents argued. Ethiopian Minister of Environment and Forestry Belete Taferre disagreed and said these claims were either a result of misunderstanding or an attempt to tarnish the campaign. “The country’s carbon neutral strategy does not in any way conflict with its industrial desires,” he said. Geothermal power: Ethiopia signs for first phase of a 1,000MW project.

Ethiopia: Electric Power Signs Groundbreaking Agreement to Buy Geothermal Energy. By Brook Abdu The agreement with Corbetti is the first of its kind letting a private company in the sector Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) is buying up to 500MW of electric power generated from the Corbetti geothermal source near Hawassa from Corbetti Geothermal Plc.

Ethiopia: Electric Power Signs Groundbreaking Agreement to Buy Geothermal Energy

The power purchase agreement was signed by Azeb Asnake, CEO of EEP and Edward Njorge, one of the investors from Berkeley Energy, in the Corbetti geothermal project along with Reykjavik Geothermal & Iceland Drilling. Berkeley Energy and Reykjavik Geothermal are Power Africa partners; the former is also manager of the Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), currently amounting 200 million dollars, given by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Power Africa is an initiative of US President Barack Obama, "which seeks to increase electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by 30,000MW and 60 million connections", according to a press release from the US Embassy in Addis Abeba. Ethiopia launches its first geothermal well. Ethiopia has launched its first geothermal well which was drilled and has successfully discharged steam.

Ethiopia launches its first geothermal well

The project which was part of the Aluto Langano Geothermal Project supported by the Japanese government was started in 2010. Ethiopia’s Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiro Suzuki were present to launch the geothermal well. Ethiopia's mountain of waste becomes a new energy source. It is a towering mountain of waste, a 50-year-old dumpsite, in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, locally known as Koshe, an Amharic word meaning “dirty”.

Ethiopia's mountain of waste becomes a new energy source

However, this heap of waste will be a thing of the past with the construction of the first ever waste to energy plant, a120 million USD deal project signed by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) with Cambridge Industries, a United Kingdom based firm, in January 4, 2013. This will see Ethiopia develop the first Sub-Saharan Africa Waste-To-Energy facility.

The project – known as the Koshe Waste-to-Energy facility - will be able to generate 50 megawatts of clean energy through a controlled combustion process consuming 350,000 tonnes of waste annually. Apart from producing green energy, an additional power source to the national grid, it will also be a solution in reducing the municipal solid waste, beautifying the city and providing meaningful source of income for young people. Greener and cleaner Cleanleaps to be carbon neutral. With sub-Sahara Africa's largest wind farm, Ethiopia makes big push to be green super power. THE wind blows hard over Adama, a range of rocky hills in Ethiopia’s highlands that provide the perfect location for one of the continent’s largest wind farms. “In February, during the dry season, it is even difficult to stand here,” said Solomon Yismaw, the engineer in charge of 102 Chinese-built turbines each rising 70 metres (230 feet) into the sky, lining the horizon.

Ethiopia plans four new wind farm projects    - new Business Ethiopia (nBE) As Ethiopia gears to make wind power one of the significant part of the country’s renewable energy sources, four new wind farm power projects totaling 542 megawats of energy are to be constructed in the coming years, an official said. The report was released in a booklet during the inauguration of the third wind power to be commissioned over the last three years the 153 MW Adama II Wind farm, 95 kms south east of Addis Ababa. Ethiopia to step up role as regional clean power exporter. A general view of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, as it undergoes construction, is seen during a media tour along the river Nile in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Guba Woreda, in Ethiopia March 31, 2015.

REUTER/Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, May 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethiopia plans to begin exporting renewable energy to a broader range of neighbouring nations by 2018 as part of a cross-border effort to meet regional energy demand and limit increases in climate-changing emissions. The Eastern African Power Pool (EAPP) initiative aims to create or expand clean energy transmission lines among about a dozen countries in the region. Ethiopia, which has plans to dramatically scale up its production and export of hydroelectricity, would take on a bigger role as a regional power exporter under the plan.

Ethiopia set to double its hydropower in July. With commissioning of Ethiopia’s second biggest electricity project, 1870 Megawatts (MW) Gilgil Gibe III hydroelectric dam in the coming July, the country is set to double its current electric hydropower production. The country has completed 89 percent of Gibe III hydropower project, according to Miskir Negash, external communications director at Ethiopian Electric power, (EEP) the country’s public state utility firm. Currently Ethiopia is generating some 2000 MW of electricity from hydropower stations. "The Project which lies in southwestern Ethiopia, on Omo River a major tributary to Lake Turkana has 10 turine units each generating 187 MW," he said.

While the project is expected to boost the country’s electricity output, and generate electricity export revenue, it’s however been opposed by international environmentalists. They contend that it poses dangers to the world’s largest desert lake and livelihoods of tribal people in south western Ethiopia and northern Kenya. Addis Ababa eyes converting sewage into fuel. A tripartite public-private partnership established among 4R Energy Company, LEM Ethiopia, a non-governmental environment-focused organization, and the Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA) is set to covert the city’s sewage into upgraded biogas. The project signed by the three parties as public private partnership last August, is expected to reduce carbon emission from Addis Ababa‟s sewage wastewater treatment plants.

Ethiopia: In Search for Power, Ethiopia Turns to Growing Sugar. By E.G. Woldegebriel. Ethiopia’s Gilgel Gibe III hydropower project to commence operations in September 2014. Ethiopia Awards 300MW Solar Contract To US Firms. Ethiopia launches 120MW wind farm for power generation. Ethiopia will Saturday launch what it claims to be Africa’s largest wind farm for power generation at Ashegoda, 18 km from Mekelle, the northern Tigray regional capital. Jatropha cultivation underway in 6 Regional States. Cultivation of Jatropah plant, a potential source of biodiesel, is underway in six Regional States, according to the Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE).Public Relations and Communication Directorate Director with MoWE, Bizuneh Tolcha, told WIC today the cultivation is underway on over 2.5 million hectares of land in Tigray, Amhara, SNNP, Somali and Benishangul Gumuz regions.

Ethiopia to get its first PV assembly plant. 18. April 2012 | Applications & Installations, Products | By: Shem Oirere Ethiopia is to have its first ever photovoltaic module assembly plant after two global solar firms struck a deal with a local company to set the facility up. ProfilePDF.ashx (application/pdf Object) REVE - Regulación Eólica con Vehículos Eléctricos - AFDB to Invest in Renewable Energy in Ethiopia. The African Development Bank is set to invest 22.6 million US dollars to enhance the renewable energy programs in low income countries including those that are active in Ethiopia. The investment plan was endorsed by the SREP’s sub-committee at a meeting held in Nairobi in March. Ethiopia Received $50 Million for Renewable Energy Program. Ethiopia received 50 million US dollars from the Climate Investment Fund after the country’s investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program for Low Income Countries was approved by the committee members for the CIF.