TAREA has been realizing its objectives through the following initiatives/activities:
Community awareness raising
TAREA has been conducting village and national renewable energy exhibitions since 2005. Along exhibitions, TAREA conducts stake-holders workshops, study tours of target groups to the renewable sites, awareness to the public through articles, leaflets, TV and newspapers.
TAREA also provides renewable energy information to target groups through its website, e-newsletter, quarterly renewable energy magazine, brochures, radio and the internet (YouTube, Facebook and Twitter).
The activities are supported by COSTECH, Sida, WWF, URBIS Foundation, GIZ-Sustainable Energy Project and Care International.
TAREA provides consultancy services geared to success development of uses of renewable energies.
TAREA supports communities/institutes in planning and design of energy systems; provide guidelines in the preparation of tender documents, assessment and technical translations of the documents.
TAREA has been supporting ongoing projects of developing Solar Photovoltaic Systems for the community facilities in the regions of Zanzibar, Morogoro, Iringa, Njombe, Dodoma, Singida, Mtwara and Rukwa in Tanzania.
The Solar systems are being developed by the SolidarMed, USAID TUNAJALI Program, Benjamin Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation, Enzkreis-Masasi Partnerschaft e.V and City of Potsdam..
Enabling community access to the renewable energy
TAREA supports installations of renewable energy systems enabling off-grid communities’ access to the renewable energy technologies. TAREA has installed solar systems at Matekwe Secondary School in Lindi region, Solar street lights at the bus stand and market place at Malinyi village in Morogoro region supported by Microfinanza-Italy and Waldensian Evangelical Church-Italy. The installed systems on the one hand offer energy services to the communities and other hand play a role of showing the potentials of renewable energy technologies.
TAREA conducts a project of replacing kerosene lanterns with solar lanterns at suburb of Chanika in Dar es Salaam in cooperation with Deutsch Tansanische Partnerschip e.V. The solar lanterns are distributed on the loans and families pay back within three months.
TAREA works with VICOBA. The program started in February, 2015. By end of October, 2015 a total of 182 solar lanterns were distributed. New program will start in July, 2016 at Malinyi in cooperation with URBIS Foundation and Microfinanza-Italy.
TAREA promotes the use of technologies that protects environment and assures reliable energy supply at the affordable costs. TAREA implements a project to promote the use of grid charged and Solar Photovoltaic backup systems instead of using petrol/diesel generators in Dar es Salaam business centre. The project is called Generator Zero.
Some of the biggest achievements of TAREA were preparation of Tax reform proposal for renewable energy, which led to VAT and other Taxes waiver on solar products/ components and DC products using solar electricity, and preparation of National Solar PV Standards in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, supported by UNDP-Mwanza Solar PV Project. In 2005, the Government of Tanzania removed import and VAT on the imported solar products. The Government of Tanzania had the intention of reinstating the VAT on solar products. TAREA in cooperation with COSTECH managed to convince the Government of Tanzania retaining VAT exemptions on solar products and DC lights.
TAREA advocated to the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to institute the REFIT in order to promote the generation of power from renewable energy sources and review of Small Power Project rules. January, 2014 EWURA added a clause of Very Small Power Project that allows one to develop renewable energy system for distribution up to 100kW without registering it to the regulator. In April, 2015, EWURA presented second generation Small Power Producers rules, REFIT for biomass and mini hydro and tendering scheme for solar and wind technologies.
TAREA advocates Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to develop and enforce standards, and establish testing laboratory for pico solar products.
TAREA advocates Tanzania Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) to establish scheme for the certification of renewable energy artisans that have not gone through formal training. On this area, TAREA has been successful in influencing VETA developing renewable energy curriculum that was released end of 2015.
Renewable energy industry and end user protection
TAREA raises awareness of the members of community on the presence of counterfeit / substandard products of renewable energies. TAREA instructs people and train Fair Competition Commission and Tanzania Bureau of Standards workers on how to identify the counterfeit / substandard products.
Renewable energy stakeholders networking
TAREA has been bringing together renewable energy stakeholders through membership. The membership has been growing. The membership grew from 364 by December, 2012 to 572 by December, 2015.
TAREA has got two branches with office in Mwanza and Arusha. In the last quarter of 2016 new branch will be established in Njombe, southern Tanzania. The networking of renewable energy actors is being supported by URBIS Foundation.
TAREA conducts various researches in renewable energies. For example, it carries market studies and renewable energy applications. There is a study underway in using solar lanterns for fishing small fish in Mwanza. The work is implemented through the Mwanza–Wurzburg partnership.
With support of URBIS Foundation will conduct the study that will build grounds of advocating for the establishment of the framework for the recycling of renewable wastes with main focus to the batteries.
TAREA conducts and facilitates renewable energy related trainings. Trainings are on building quality practitioners and managers.
Underneath are some of the trainings that have been conducted/ facilitated by TAREA.
TAREA has trained more than 275 Solar PV Installers for the regions of Kagera, Geita, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Tanga, Morogoro, Coast, Mbeya, Kigoma, Rukwa, Mtwara, Dodoma, Ruvuma, Lindi, Tabora, Manyara and Singida. It also trained instructors for Vocational Education and Training Authority in solar Photovoltaic Technologies. It has already trained 52 VETA Trainers for the regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Dodoma, Mbeya, Mtwara, Ruvuma, Kigoma, Tabora, Singida, Rukwa, Morogoro and Tanga.
TAREA has trained members of staff of Fair Competition Commission (7), Tanzania Revenue Authority (36), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (4), Ministry of Energy and Minerals (1), and members of TAREA (2) that work to intervene the supply chain of substandard and counterfeit renewable energy products. The trainings were financially supported by Sida/MEM Solar PV Project.
TAREA in cooperation with Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) started in April, 2014 training regional and district human resource on renewable energy technologies management. Tanzania does not have energy bench at regional and district levels. The training aims at filling the gap. It is expected that when regions and districts have capacity in renewable energy technologies, then they will be mainstreaming renewable energy technologies in development plans and ensure sustainability. Further, it will be an opportunity to establish energy data collection scheme. To date, a total of 72 officers for the regions of Geita, Kagera, Tabora, Kigoma, Rukwa and Katavi have been trained.
TAREA partnering with COSTECH has initiated promotion of marketing of improved charcoal/ firewood stoves in Lindi and Mtwara regions. The initiative has started by training 12 producers of improved cook stoves from the regions in the year 2015. Another partner WWF has joined to scale up the initiative.
TAREA facilitates members to attend the trainings conducted by other institutes like LIFE Academy (Karl Stadt, Sweden), India Institute of Wind (Chennai, India) and India Institute of Wind Power (Delhi, India).
TAREA supports two volunteer programs:
1. Weltwaerts Volunteer Program: TAREA provides technical support to the 16 German volunteers annually. Volunteers support activities of raising awareness of renewable energy technologies and intercultural exchange. TAREA implements the program in cooperation with Deutsch Tansanische Partnerschaft e.V. .
2. REN Volunteer Program: It is the volunteer program in which the young people that have graduated from vocational training schools are placed at renewable energy companies to practice technology and learn entrepreneurship for one year. The program is being supported by the City of Hamburg, Germany.