EU firm develops clean energy in Tanzania and Uganda

Oct 17, 2011 12:00 AM

In a bid to ensure substantial reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in the East African Community region, the European Union (EU) has awarded Camco International to undertake the green energy development projects in Tanzania and Uganda.
According to the report from the EU, a sum of $ 1.8 will see the two projects take off.

The EU says the first contract, will see Camco develop a $ 1.0 mm solar photovoltaic clusters project in Tanzania in which small-scale solar systems will be installed in 15,000 homes in Lake Victoria region over the next three years.
Under the second contract, the United Kingdom-based firm, Camco International will provide technical assistance to the Belgian Development Agency to develop clean energy projects worth $ 800,000 in Uganda.

The Minister for Energy and Minerals, William Ngeleja told that the solar photovoltaic clusters project gears on the vision of the energy sector which aims at effectively contributing to the growth of the national economy and thereby improve the standard of living for the entire nation in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner.
"I assure the project developers that the Government will give them all the support they need in a way to implement the project which I believe will takes into account the need for improving access of environmental friendly modern energy services," said Minister Ngeleja.

He said that the energy policy in Tanzania recognizes the importance of private sector participation in development of energy sector which is the engine of industrial investment in the country. He further said that, the project has come at a time when the Government is struggling to ensure sustainable and reliable power.
"Projects like this, in the near future will untie the country from relying on unpredictable power sources", he said.

Ambassador Tim Clarke, the Head of European Union Delegation to Tanzania said that Tanzania and the rest of the EAC region have to adopt solar power to light up their communities because it is reliable, renewable energy and cheap to install and maintain. He said that the Government should avoid over dependence on hydropower due because in recent years, the world has been facing unpredictable, unreliable climate change that cannot sustain or ensure the availability of rain to feed the power dams.
Ambassador Clarke stressed : "The EAC region has to change its mindset of reliance on hydropower source because, as is the present case in Tanzania, prolonged drought has gravely affected electricity generation, and plunged the country into loses to business, industrial production, disrupted social activities and inconveniences to the public."

The Camco President, Yariv Cohen, said his firm has been developing 'green energy development projects' in Africa for the past 20 years and for the past years there has been a clear change in energy sector in different countries.
"We have been witnessing speed of green energy market development, supported by international bodies, African governments, and local communities on the ground and in the near future it will lead to substantial reductions of greenhouse gas emissions," said Cohen.

"We will also collaborate with manufacturers, project developers and technology providers by using the existing proven technology to develop clean energy projects in Uganda in a way to ensure successful clean energy that will lead to substantial reductions of greenhouse gas emissions," said Cohen.
He said that Camco have been developing clean energy projects under both the Kyoto Protocol and the unregulated voluntary carbon offset market.

Camco have been working with companies throughout the world to create advanced projects that deliver clean energy, largely from waste emissions.

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