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.
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 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.
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.
TAREA in partnership with German NGO, URBIS Foundation, in the year 2019 will implement the project that is aiming at increasing employability of girls through solar photovoltaic technology.
TAREA will recruit 13 girls from the regions of Njombe and Ruvuma. Trainees will be trained on solar photovoltaic installation and maintenance. TAREA will provide working tools to the trainees to help them start making earning. Girls will also be trained on skills of accessing market. TAREA will support trained girls through linking them with solar retailers in the regions of Njombe and Ruvuma. Links will help girls to get contracts of doing solar installation and system maintenance.