South Korea to establish renewable energy hub in Tanzania

South Korea to establish renewable energy hub in Tanzania

The South Korean government plans to open a training centre for renewable energy technology in Arusha, Tanzania in a bid to improve reliable energy access to the nation’s rural areas.

The training centre will provide the capacity to train 1,000 students each year and will open in August, according to Herb Rhee, director of the Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC).

Rhee said: “The centre, aimed at energy development, will be situated at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha. We have also opened two small-scale centres at Karatu and Dodoma.”

There are also plans to develop power transmission grids across rural areas of the East African country along with the renewables training centre.

Recent figures from the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Rural Energy Agency (REA) Energy Access Situation Report, 2016 Tanzania Mainland found that solar power provided almost 65% of energy in rural areas.

Grid-connected power delivered 34.5% of total electricity in such areas, making solar the leading provider of power to rural regions in Tanzania.