Published on September 19th, 2012 | by Jake Richardson0
Tanzania’s Largest Solar Power Project Moves Forward
The 2,000 solar panels for Tanzania’s largest solar power contract to date have arrived. About 600 batteries and accessories (like inverters) have also made the journey to Tanzania based on the $4.7 million contract that was signed in March.
Once assembled, the solar technology will bring clean energy to the Kigoma region of Tanzania. The town of Kigoma is located in western Tanzania near Lake Tanganyika. About 135,000 people live there.
Besides providing clean electricity to replace diesel generators and kerosene, the solar power project will provide training opportunities for local workers. It has been estimated that adding a solar power plant will benefit 10 health centers, 45 secondary schools, 120 dispensaries, and 25 village markets. Also, a number of beach units will store power in batteries and provide LED light for fisherman at night.
The Kigoma region has one of the lowest per capita income levels in the country, so adding a renewable energy facility should help the local economy. About 60% of Tanzanians don’t have access to electricity. The solar power potential of Tanzania has been estimated to be very good.
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