Tanzania looks to wind energy

About 10 local and international firms have shown interest in investing in the wind energy project. Tanzania will be offering about $500 as a subsidy for every customer that will be connected to the power produced. “All wind farm project developers must provide information indicating that they are qualified and have financial capability to execute the energy project,” he said.

Tanzania has been facing power shortages for decades, making the country notorious for chronic power rationing, largely due to over dependence on hydro power. The country’s general consumption is more than 800 MW in which less than 450 MW is hydropower and other sources.

Preparations are at an advanced stage for the construction of the first wind farm with capacity to generate 100 MW in southern Tanzania highlands come July 2013. Experts and investors claim upon completion of the project it will be the second biggest wind energy generation farm in East Africa after Lake Turkana wind farm in Kenya which produces 300 megawatts.

The wind farm project, to be located at Makambako in the newly created Njombe region in the southern highlands in Tanzania, is being carried out jointly by three partners; Sino Tan Renewable Energy Ltd a local company, MCC 20-Hainan International, a Chinese company and Norks Vind Energi of Norway.

Wind turbines is not only environmentally friendly but will also enable investors to draw on benefits of clean development mechanism from carbon credits.