Ethiopia to generate 14,561 MW of power in 5 years

Ethiopia aspires to generate 14,561MW of power from renewable energy sources within the coming five years, an official said.
The construction of the power plants, distribution centers and installation of power transmission lines will consume 615 billion birr, Mekuria Lema, Corporate Planning Head of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said.
The nation has set a target to generate electric power from water, solar, wind, bio-mass and geothermal sources which it is endowed with.
Some 77 percent or 11,237MW  of energy will be generated from water, 1,500MW from wind  and 1,200MW from geothermal sources. The remaining amount  will be generated from bio-mass and by-products from sugar factories.
Activities geared towards raising national electricity coverage to 90 percent from the current 55 percent will be carried out in the coming five years. Electrifying 6,565 towns and rural villages is among the activities that will be carried out to raise electricity coverage.
Priority is given to materialization of the agreements signed with other countries to sell energy. Completing construction of energy infrastructures and commencement of energy supply to countries that enter into agreements will be carried out.
The East African nation has been investing on the development of renewable energy sources to meet the growing energy demand.
With the construction of hydropower dams, solar and wind farms, the nation has raised energy supply to 4,400MW this year and electricity coverage to 55 percent.  
Construction of new and ongoing power plants is expected to increase the energy supply to 17,000MW at the end of the second five-year GTP period.
ENA