About

Rift Valley Energy at a Glance

Rift Valley Energy Ltd. (RVE) is a renewable-energy project development company, dedicated to develop, own and operate renewable energy infrastructure projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. RVE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rift Valley Corporation, a Zimbabwean headquartered, Sub-Saharan agriculture enterprise with activities in tobacco, tea, timber, bananas and agricultural trading.
To date, RVE has made significant progress, establishing 1) a total of 4.6 MW of generation capacity in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and 2) building a wide ranging rural distribution network in the Mwenga and Kihansi area, servicing a Distribution License area of about 1,000 km2, comprising a population of over 60,000 people and over 13,000 households.

In Tanzania, RVE is currently working on a project pipeline of about 147 MW, including hydro, wind and solar, all at different stages of development. In the Southern Highlands alone, RVE is planning to invest in three hydros, one wind and one solar project, with an accumulated generation capacity of 17 MW and  the potential to supply a total of 7,000 rural households with green, grid quality electricity through connected rural distribution networks. To be able to best serve its growing rural customer base, RVE has established its own rural distribution company (Rural Power Development Ltd. RPDL). RPDL buys electricity from RVE generation units, and onwards sells the electricity under its own brand (Mwenga Power) to its rural customers.

Fully committed to its developmental impact in then region RVE teamed up with a UK based NGO (Energy 4 Impact) and is currently rolling out a three year “Productive Use of Electricity Programme”.

Through this programme, local small businesses will receive assistance to help them overcome the technical and financial hurdles (e.g. though business planning and access to finance), which prevent them investing in commercial electrical appliances that can help them to a) generate a better income for their families and b) save the environment through the use of a clean and sustainable energy source (instead of fossil fuels).

Characteristics

RVE projects:

  • Are designed as profitable and therefore sustainable business models preferably with majority RVE shareholding.
  • Strictly focus on local, renewable energy resources
  • Develop grid connected or island mode energy solutions, involving state of the art electricity vending technologies (i.e. cellular based vending systems for remote rural customers)
  • Integrate regional and local energy infrastructure development initiatives
  • Work together with local communities to best service their expectations and needs
  • Actively assist in developing local institutional frameworks to best integrate IPPs into national energy policies.

 

RVE Service Brand

 

 

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Network

Partners

 

Tanzania Tea Packers Limited (TATEPA)

 

 

Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT)

 

 

RVE Team

RVE Management

 

RVE Board

Thomas Hoegh
Chairman of the Board, Rift Valley Corporation

Mike Gratwicke
Head of Energy Platform, Rift Valley Corporation
Technical Director, Rift Valley Energy

Franz Kottulinsky
Director, Corporate and Strategic Affairs, Rift Valley Energy

Paul West
CFO, Rift Valley Corporation

Carlo Ravizza
Vice President, Hoegh Capital Partners

Ruvimbo Chipango
Financial Director, Northern Tobacco