Twenty-Five More Rural Towns to Be Electrified via Mini-Grid

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Electric Utility has signed contracts with four international companies to electrify 25 rural towns with Solar Off-Grid system.

Head of the state-run utility firm, Shiferaw Telila, and officials of three Chinese and one Korean companies signed the contracts on Monday afternoon in an event attended by Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Seleshi Bekele.

More than 145, 169 people will get electric access in the rural towns located in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, SNNP and Somalia regions.

The installation is to be carried out with a budget of 20 Million US Dollars secured from African Development Bank and additional 161 Million Birr from Ethiopian government.

According to the agreement, the companies will complete the projects that will generate 8 megawatts electric power within 6 months.

Ethiopian Electric Utility has managed to electrify at least 125 rural towns during the first half of the current 2020/21 fiscal year.

Officials believe the projects to be constructed in the upcoming six months will increase the number of rural towns to get electric access in the current FY.