The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), represented by Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Stephens, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) represented by the Secretary General, Ms Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations.
The government of Eritrea has been making efforts to promote the use of alternative sources of energy, especially solar energy, to mitigate the problems associated with the use of fossil fuel.
This project is a state-of-the-art hybrid power system, combining solar photovoltaics with lithium batteries and backup diesel generators in a location remote from the country’s power grid.
As the booming East African solar market brings in significant foreign competition, Aptech Africa, a start-up founded by two Eritrean brothers, is holding its own against better financed firms in some of the continent’s riskiest markets.
Described as a model for African rural electrification, Eritrea will soon launch two solar hybrid power systems that will provide grid quality electricity to 40,000 people and businesses in the towns of Areza and Maidma where there is no grid power at all.
The health facilities in the administrative areas of Derbushet and Jemhile, Dahlak sub-zone, have become beneficiaries of solar energy system, according to Mr. Woldu Haileab, expert of solar energy technology at the Ministry of Health.
Eritrea will soon join the global solar boom with a 5.7million fund bringing clean power to two rural villages that currently rely on small diesel generators.
The streetlights are part of a joint multimillion-dollar project between the government of Eritrea and its Chinese counterpart, in which at least 300 solar-powered streetlights will be installed in different parts of Eritrea’s capital Asmara.