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TAREA advocacy on scaling up access to the sustainable energy technologies

TAREA has been working to advocate the Government of Tanzania in building enabling environment in scaling up access to the use of sustainable renewable energy technologies.

In the year 2017 TAREA continued with its efforts of advocating better environment of doing business and enabling access to the sustainable energy. It asked Government of Tanzania for removal of VATs on direct current water pumps to increase agricultural production through irrigation and solar lanterns for fishing to increase fish-catch and stimulate the increase of fish industrial processing. In addition, the effort has the impact of clean environment as the use of petrol water pumps and kerosene pressure lamps have a measurable impacts on the environment. On other hand the initiative will increase the business opportunities in renewable energy sector, agriculture and fish industry. Thanks to the Minister of Finance and Planning that received the requests and promised to consider them.

The other advocacy initiatives were:  Meeting with National Environment Management Authority (NEMC) asking to develop the regulations on the battery wastes deposition, despite of TAREA being a business association, it is responsible for safe and clean environment; and  The second agenda with NEMC was asking for the exemption of the solar mini-grid of the capacity up to 1MW on conducting Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).


TAREA Building Capacity of Tanzania District Councils

Tanzania energy sector is centralized at the national level. The structure of the Ministry of Energy not being represented at the district level has been one of the delaying factors of the efforts of accelerating access to the sustainable renewable energy as there is no contact persons at the lower level in the most of district councils.

TAREA cooperating with Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) started the initiatives of training planning human capacity of Regional Administration and Local Government Administration on renewable energy management.

Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) supported the training in the regions of Geita, Kagera, Kigoma and Tabora. Rural Energy Agency (REA) supported training in the regions of Katavi and Rukwa, and in 2017 Beruflichen Fortbildungszentren der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (bfz) gGmbH supported training in Mwanza region.

The aim is covering all regions of Tanzania Mainland. The initiative will result:

  • District councils having renewable energy contact persons for developers
  • Mainstreaming the renewable technologies in the development plans
  • Sustainability of installed renewable energy systems
  • Renewable energy business scale up and
  • Increased access to the sustainable renewable energy technologies.

TAREA is inviting more partners to support the initiative.


Promotion of renewable energy through school clubs in Manyara, Tanzania

<p>The Tanzania Renewable Energy Association is promoting renewable energy technologies in the districts of Babati and Simanjiro through school clubs with the support of the German NGO “URBIS Foundation”. </p> <p>In the two districts, the programme extends to 5 schools each.</p> <p>To ensure a high standard in these school clubs, 20 teachers coming from the benefitting schools have been trained specifically on the issue of renewable energies.</p> <p>The clubs will serve as a platform for awareness raising on the potential of renewable energies. The focus lies on the two technologies, photovoltaic and energy efficient...</p>

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19 Solar Installers Trained in Morogoro

TAREA through Commission for Science and Technology received a financial support from the Climate Technology Network (Denmark) that enabled training of 19 solar photovoltaic installers in the month of November, 2017.

The training was used to pilot training program that will be used for capacitating solar installers that will be able to undergo process of accreditation by Vocational Education and Vocational Training Authority.

9 practising solar installers participated in facilitation of the training, supporting pedagogic part.

The newly trained solar installers are qualified for carrying out quality solar home system installations.

Employers are encouraged to contact TAREA Secretariat for the recruitment of new manpower.


Aiming at increased renewable energy in Tanzania

<p>From the 17th of October to the 19th of October the Climate Action Network, a network of NGOs dedicated to the fight against climate change, together with the German aid organization “Brot für die Welt” (Bread for the World) and the world Future Contact hosted a three-day seminar, which consisted of presentations by various experts in the field of renewable energies and group discussions. The topic of the conference was the aim of having 100% Renewable Energies in Tanzania in the next 30 to 40 years. The participants in the conference consisted out of stakeholders from the business sector, lik...</p>

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Tanzania National Renewable Energy Day 2017, Kigoma Town

<p>TAREA conducts National Renewable Energy Day once every year. In the year 2017 event was held in Kigoma in the duration of 13-14 October. The event aims at raising awareness to the public on the potentials and limitations of renewable energy technologies. The event focuses at the communities living in the off-grid areas to show cases of alternative sources of energy to the national grid and fossil cooking sources of energy. The event offers to the renewable energy stakeholders opportunities of information exchange with government officials and exhibiting renewable energy technologies. <img src="/storage/app/media/Blog/RC%20at%20TAREA-web.jpeg" alt="" /> The Tan...</p>

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Power – Mwanza Project 2016-2017

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Solar Bakery at Kifuru-Kisarawe

In the remote district of Kisarawe and Pwani region in Tanzania, at Kifuru Village a truly innovative project has been deployed. The project aim is to empower women while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.

On the 18th of August, 2017 Kifuru women group known as Voice of Women Entrepreneurs at Kifuru (VOWEK) inaugurated their solar oven. Solar oven will be deployed for the local bakery. The project was funded by the Energy and Environment Partnership Program (EEP). While R20 is the international project manager and Rural Urban Development Initiatives (RUDI) of Tanzania served as project manager at the national level.

A solar oven has many advantages over their electrical or coal fired counterparts. In Tanzania only 32.8% of all households are electrified by any form of electricity [Tanzania Rural Energy Agency, Dec-2016]. In rural, remote areas the situation is worse. Additionally electrical ovens are relatively expensive to run, thus making the acquirement of an electrical oven for many an unfeasible option. Therefore, charcoal fired ovens are often the first choice. But these ovens have several disadvantages. The most obvious one being that they emit greenhouse gases and are therefore directly contributing to the climate change. Secondly the smoke from charcoal ovens can lead to diseases such as lung cancer.


Quality solar installers trained in Malinyi, Tanzania

<p>Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) and Associazione Microfinanza E Svillupo Onlus-Italy with financial support from Waldensian Evangelica Church-Italy and Automous Province of Trento-Italy are implementing the projects <em>Allowing access to the sustainable energy to rural-low income communities in Malinyi, Tanzania</em> and <em>Enlight Education</em>.</p> <p>The main activities of the projects are: (1) Support the start up phase of a cooperative of solar technicians in the village of Malinyi (2) Provide financial education to Village Community Banks in the area of Malinyi (3) Set up and monitoring a micro ...</p>

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Study on challenges to the solar minigrid developers

TAREA is conducting a study on the challenges facing solar mini grid developers.

On 20 January, 2017 TAREA has met with stakeholders, working with mini-grids, and representatives from the public sector to discuss a study on the effect of the EIA Audit Regulations of 2005 Part II on solar mini-grids, producing less than 1 MW, in Tanzania.

These regulations require Small Power Producers, projects creating less than 1 MW, to do an Environment Social Impact Assessment. TAREA, supported by BEST-Dialogue, is interested in studying the effects of this procedure and its impact on the solar mini-grids sector in Tanzania.

The workshop started with a unit on the current plans regarding the implementation of the study. This was followed by a round of questions and a discussion.

The study is on-going and results will be presented and discussed later on. The results will be used for advocating National Environment Management Council to exempt mini grids producing 1 MW or below from conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment.