The partnership is focusing most of its efforts in east Africa for now, with projects announced in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, and Senegal. The first project secured is in consortium with China National Electrical Engineering Corporation to create a waste-to-energy plant in Addis Adaba. The plant is located next to Ethiopia’s largest landfill, the Reppie Landfill, and will use combustion technology to create electricity and use an all-dry flue gas treatment system to meet emission requirements.
The consortium and the waste-to-energy project is part of a broad campaign by the Ethiopian government to promote renewable energy development. Though 77% of Ethiopia’s population lacks access to electricity, the government has made renewable energy generation a high priority and a stimuli for economic development. Ethiopia’s 5 year growth and transformation plan aims to increase hydropower generation five-fold from 2,000 MW to 10,000 MW and double the amount of electrical customers.
Last November the Ashegoda Wind Farm became the largest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa, with 400 GWh produced a year. Further renewable energy projects include the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam, intended to generate hydropower from the Nile.