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TAREA Recruiting Biomass Dialogue Expert

Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) is working with SNV Netherlands Development Organization to implement part of the activities of the program Energizing Development (EnDev). The aim of the assignment is to promote enabling environment for biomass for cooking sub-sector. In order to carry out the assignment, TAREA is recruiting an expert to join the team. Details are in the position call found by clicking the link ToR Biomass Dialogue Expert.

14th National Renewable Energy Day

Tanzania Renewable Energy Association with financial contribution of: the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands; Electricity and Water Utility Regulary Agency (EWURA); Brac &Solar Sisters; Chloride Solar; and Energy Plus Ltd, conducted the event of 14th National Renewable Energy Day at Mnazi Mmoja Grounds, Dar es Salaam from 29th to 30th November, 2019.

The event consisted of workshop and technology exhibitions.

The event was opened by the Hon. George Simbachawene (MP), Minister in the Vice President Office Responsible for Environment and Union Affairs with the presence of Honorable Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands His Excellency Jeroen Verheul.

The event was closed by Hon. Innocent Lugha Bashungwa (MP), Minister for Industry and Trade in the presence of Representative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Rogier Verstraeten and TAREA Founder Prof. Cuthbert Kimambo.

Ministers were much impressed by the manufacturers of the cooking solutions that presented stoves and briquettes.

Ministers urged on local manufacturing of renewable energy products. Hon. Bashungwa directed public and private sectors under lead of Rural Energy Agency (REA) to propose a strategy of scaling up the uptake of sustainable cooking solutions.

Energy Learning Event for the Tanzania Parliamentary Energy and Minerals Committee

<p>Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) in cooperation with African Mini Grids Developers Association (AMDA) through financial support of <a href=""><strong>Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)</strong></a>, conducted event of <strong>energy learning</strong> from 8th to 15th November, 2019 to the: Parliamentary Energy and Minerals Committee; Ministry of Energy; National Environment Management Council (NEMC); Electricity and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA); Rural Energy Agency (REA); Regional Administration and Local Governments (RALG); and Tanzania Electricity Company (TANESCO) with the aim of sensitizing the law...</p>

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Power Providers Company Ltd, a Member of Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) commissioned 68kWp solar photovoltaic pumping plant at Kibidula near Mafinga Township, Iringa region in Tanzania.

The solar water pumping station consists of 216315Wp modules powering 230kW pumps. The system pumps 1.5 million litres of water per day from a dam to a reservoir 50 vertical meters above the dam. Water flows by gravity to irrigate a privately owned avocado plantation. The plantation is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church with strong connections with the local community, especially with regards to the provision of education.

Power Providers has shown the way in using solar photovoltaic technology for commercial irrigation, contributing to the realization of the target of Tanzania becoming an industrial country by 2025.


United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has installed the largest operating solar photovoltaic plant by June, 2019 at the offices of United Nations in Dar es Salaam.

The system is of the capacity of 226.2kWp (325Wp*696modules) installed by TAREA member Baraka Solar Specialists Ltd.

The installation at the UN Offices in the city of Dar es Salaam was inaugurated by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy Dr. Hamisi Hassan Mwinyimvua on 1st July, 2019. TAREA thanks Government of Tanzania for supporting development of renewable energy technologies.

Tanzania to connect to the grid solar and wind power 2019/20

During the reading of the Ministry of Energy Budget for the year 2019-2020 on 28.5.2019 in Dodoma, Minister for Energy, United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Medard Kalemani stated the position of the government on renewable energy. 3 TAREA representatives were in the House when the Hon. Minister was reading the speech. Underneath were the areas of renewable energy pointed out: 1) 150MW solar farm to go on-grid by December, 2020 2) 200MW wind farm to go on-grid by December, 2020

Further, Hon. Minister reported to the House that: 1) In the year 2018/19 there was an increase of distributed solar systems at 10MW; 2) In year 2019/20 a total of 7.7MW renewable energy mini grids will be commissioned. Mini hydro projects that will be commissioned are: Lugarawa in Ludewa (1.7MW); Maguta in Kilolo (1.2MW); Luponde in Njombe (1.0MW); Suma in Rungwe (1.4). One wind power project, Mwenga in Mufindi (2.4MW) will be commissioned; and 3) Last but not least, Hon. Minister declared the government continuing cooperating with private sector in promoting access to the modern sustainable renewable energy as renewable energy is the key in realizing SE4ALL action plan in Tanzania.

Co-generation proves productive in Tanzania

Biomass is one of the sources of renewable energy that is used for lighting, heating and electricity generation.

Sugar and forestry industries in Tanzania use solid waste biomass for electricity generation.

Very good example is Tanganyika Plantation Company (TPC) in Moshi that uses bagasse for electricity generation of the capacity 9MW.

The electricity generated by TPC is used for: sugar production (sugarcane growing and factory; offices; staff houses and community services like hospital and schools. In addition, TPC feeds 3MW to the national grid.

TPC produces every year more than 1milion tons of sugar consumed by the local market.

Mini Hydro in Use for Productive Uses in Tanzania

Mini Hydro has proven to support the productive uses independent of the the national grid in Tanzania.

One of the business that is powered by the mini hydro in Tanzania is Kiliflora. Kiliflora is the flower business that grows and exports the flowers to Europe.

Kiliflora that operates in Arusha uses electricity generated from its mini hydro plant for the flower cool rooms, office operations and staff houses.

Media awareness on Pico solar standards and quality verified products

Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) and Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) in the month of February, 2019 are conducting media awareness to the importers, suppliers, retailers and end users on the enacted Tanzania Pico Solar Standards and how to procure quality verified solar products. Media that are used are radio and television stations.

The standards that were gazzeted in September, 2018 are TZS 1952-5-9:2017 and TZS 1951:2017 All standards are available at TBS.

TBS offers advise free of charge to importers on how to import quality verified solar products.

TAREA offers directives to the end users free of charge where to buy quality verified solar products.