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The Ethiopia Distributed Renewable Energy and Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) program has been awarded $8 million from the African Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA). Nigerian government announced it is electrifying 15 universities and teaching hospitals with hybrid solar minigrids.
DREAM represents a first-of-its-kind approach for Africa’s mini-grid industry, integrating mini-grids with agribusiness operations at nine sites across Ethiopia. This pilot aims to test the commercial viability and effectiveness of this innovative business model.
Affordable but substandard panels, coupled with minimal government involvement in the rural energy-transition process, are among the key factors that hinder access to reliable electricity for local communities. Discussions between international organizations and the Ethiopian government seek to standardize panels and regulate disposal of batteries.
A new World Bank program is set to strengthen and expand the electricity network, improve sector financial viability, and enable renewable energy generation through private sector participation in Ethiopia. The PRIME project will be implemented by Ethiopian Electric Utility and Ethiopia Electric Power, two fully government-owned public enterprises.
MoTL State Minister, Bareo Hassen told the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) that considering the successful introduction of 100,000 e-vehicles in the past two years, the government has been carrying out various activities to import 439,000 e-vehicles and establish 2,335 charging stations.
Communities in southern and north-eastern parts of Ethiopia are suffering from a devastating drought. A collaborative effort from IOM and partners bore the solar operated mechanism. Instead of letting the water system run through a generator, a solar-operated mechanism was created, providing a safer, more reliable, and more economical option.
Powered by a partnership of local industry leaders, investors, and professionals, the hub aims to nurture and scale the country’s early-stage startups. The incubator plans to support at least eight startups through incubation and acceleration programmes in the first year. It wants to prioritise startups that provide cutting-edge solutions.

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