29 December 2015

Ethiopia: Green Energy - Water Pumps Spread Across Ethiopia

The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity disclosed on Monday (December 28, 2015) that water pumps powered by "Green Energy" are getting spread across Ethiopia so that rural localities, far from access to Ethiopia's national power grid would be able to receive potable water through facilities powered by renewable energy sources.

Ato Bizuneh Tolcha, the Public Relations Director at the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity said the Ministry is now engaged in a massive exercise to install wind and solar-powered water pumps in remote localities throughout the country.

Ato Bizuneh said 109 such projects were under implementation in Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's states. Out the of the total number of projects, 33 have been fully completed while another 67 under installation, Bizuneh said, adding design works and further studies were underway on the remaining projects.

He further said the projects would ensure a more sustained supply of water at lower economic, environmental and social costs than the fossil fuel-powered water pumping systems now in place in rural areas.

The ongoing projects are expected to benefit more than 300,000 people, where the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the National Climate Facility were the financiers of the 104 million birr (US$4.92 million) project.

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