Case study


These Projects are Co-Financed by the EU. This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication is the sole responsibility of Rift Valley Energy Ltd. and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

1) The Mwenga Hydro Project (in cooperation with the EU/ACP Energy Facility, REA and TRIT) is an integrated, renewable energy generation and distribution project, located in the Mufindi district/Southern-Tanzania.

RVE’s operational entity, Mwenga Hydro Ltd. (MHL), currently operates a 4MW hydro-power-station and 145 km of rural distribution network, supplying (as back-up facility) the local tea industry, 17 villages plus the national utility (TANESCO), with an annual generation out-put of 21,5 GW/h of grid-quality, renewable electricity (approx. 0.5% of the national usage).

To best service its rural network, MHL has developed and deployed an innovative state of the art cell-phone based, pre-paid-electricity-vending-system, supplying to date more than 1.500 rural customers with cheap, green, on-demand electricity. MHL expects to raise this number to 2.500 customers within the next year.

With this project MHL has also been successful in developing the first, private, UNFCCC registered CDM project in Tanzania, generating est. 100.000 CERs over a 7 year crediting period.

2) RVE’s  follow-up Projcet, the “Rural Network Expansion into the Kihansi Basin” (also in cooperation with the EU/ACP Energy Facility) is currently expanding MHL’s network into the neighboring (Kihansi) basin (a well poulated and economically emerging area, currently without access to permanent, grid quality electricity) through the construction of an additional 180 km of distribution lines, with the aim to supply further 15 villages (and connect further 3.000 rural customers) with green electricity in the next 4 years.