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Tanzania: Solar Power Project a Success As 840 Villages Connected

Posted on : Friday, 19th December 2014

THE PV Generator solar power project aimed at addressing electricity supply in rural areas has been a success as 840 households in Kongwa, Uyui and Mlele have benefitted.

Project Coordinator from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mr Styden Rwebangila, said in Dar es Salaam that the pilot power connection projects include fixing the generators, which use solar power and supply it to the households.

He said the project, which is at the pilot stage; one PV Generator has the capacity to produce 15-kilowatt of electricity that can be supplied to 60 households and social services.
"The generators produce power and can be connected to small machines like milling, water pumps, welding and saw milling. Thus we are optimistic that they will help improve their welfare," Mr Rwebangila pointed out.
He added that the projects is intended to empower the public especially those in rural areas to initiate development projects for their economic progress.
According to the coordinator, the pilot project has benefitted ten villages of Lobilo, Ngutoto, Leganga and Silale in Kongwa District, Tura, Loya and Lutende in Uyui, while those who enjoy the project from Katavi Region are Ilunde, Nsenkwa and Mapili.
He revealed that when the project will be on its full course, it will not be limited to households only but woud be extended to other social services centres like schools, health centres, worship houses and street lights.
Mr Rwebangila said since the generators will be widely spread, they will be in a position to generate more power -- and in so doing, benefit a majority of the people, especially those who do not fall within the national grid system.

Source : allafrica.com
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