Ethiopia: The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank, has recently approved a $995,000 grant to support the roll-out of a sustainable procurement framework for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Ethiopia.
The SEFA grant is aimed at encouraging private investments into hydropower projects through Ethiopia’s Renewable Energy Programme.
“A well-structured procurement framework is crucial in mobilising the investments necessary to achieve universal energy access in Africa,” said Wale Shonibare, the Bank’s acting Vice-President for power, energy, climate change and green growth.
“The SEFA programme will boost private IPPs participation, and spur investments into the Ethiopian hydro power sector. The programme also complements the assistance provided by the Bank’s Institutional IPP/PPP Support Project, as well as the Bank-financed Mekele-Dallol and Semera-Afdera Power Supply for Industrial Development and Access Scale-up Project”, Shonibare added.
Ethiopia has a vast but still untapped renewable energy potential. Under a long-term development strategy, the government has outlined a National Electrification Programme (NEP), targeting universal access by 2025 through a 65% on-grid, and 35% off grid combination.
The goal is to transform the country into a regional energy hub by 2030.