The project is funded through the 10th EDF ACP EU ENERGY FACILITY implemented by the Eritrean Ministry of Energy and Mines in partnership with the EU and UNDP for a total budget of EUR 11,762,588.
This action has the objective of improving the livelihood of rural towns and villages while informing the climate change mitigation actions under the National Energy Policy Reform in Eritrea.
In these two locations in western Debub region, two solar PV-Hybrid power plants 1.6 MW and 1.1MW respectively will be installed, which will be producing and distributing electricity in the two towns and the 28 neighbouring villages through 270 km of distribution grid, enabling 24/7 power supply to over 40.000 beneficiaries. The project, a model for rural electrification across Africa, will be providing electricity in a remote area still not served by the national grid, where the only power supply relied on small diesel generators.
The provision of grant support to the project (from the EU and UNDP) was signed in November 2014 and started in January 2015, for an initial duration of 36 months, extended to 48, and is expected to be completed for commissioning by the end of 2018. The project is funded by the European Union (EUR 8,000,000), the Government of the State of Eritrea (EUR 1,839,304) and the United Nations Development Programme in Eritrea (EUR 1,923,284).
A representative of the Ministry of Energy and Mines stated that “Solar power and energy storage technologies are increasingly the most cost effective way to deliver clean reliable power to areas remote from the grid”.