Govt to invest heavily in wind and solar power

19Nov 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt to invest heavily in wind and solar power

​​​​​​​ENERGY Minister January Makamba has outlined plans to enhance electricity generation in the country insisting to invest in wind and solar power to ensure enough sources.

He made the remarks yesterday during his meeting with Danish Ambassador to Tanzania, Mette Norgaard Dissing Spandet at a meeting held at ministry offices in Dar es Salaam.

Makamba said that following an increased demand for electricity in the country; efforts should be made to establish other sources such as solar and wind power. He said the added sources would enable the country to have enough power.

The minister called upon investors interested in establishing electricity projects using renewable energy to do so to boost power generation in the country. He said Tanzania has many sources for renewable energy scattered in different regions.

He appealed to the embassy to continue cooperating with Tanzania in building the capacity of local experts, especially those engaging in renewable energy.

Makamba urged investors in various industries to start producing equipment which would be used in production of renewable energy.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Spandet said her country has been among the key development partners in Tanzania and that the Danish government will continue to support the government in various sectors including development of renewable energy.

She said Danish investors are ready to come in Tanzania whereas they will establish renewable energy projects. She said that most preferable, the investors will produce wind power.

Tanzania is bestowed with ample solar energy and already the research shows that solar can be produced in several regions including Mbeya, Songwe, Singida, Shinyanga, Njombe and Dodoma.

Tanzania has a potential to produce 5,000MW geothermal electricity according to research conducted by Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) whereby a total of 52 areas have been identified that are fit for the production in 16 regions including Arusha, Dododma, Iringa, Morogoro, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Kagera, Katavi, Shinyanga, Songwe, Manyara, Rukwa, Singida, Rukwa and Tanga.

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