Mwenga 4 MW Hydro & Rural Electrification Project


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Phase 1: The Mwenga Hydro and Rural Electrification Project

Project Developer: Mwenga Hydro Ltd.

Project Partners: EU/ACP Energy Facility, Rural Energy Agceny of Tanaznia (REA)

Project Status: Operational

The Mwenga Hydro and Rural Electrification Project is an integrated, renewable infrastrcuture project, located in the Mufindi District (Southern Highlands of Tanzania) and was developed in cooperation with the EU/ACP Energy Facility, REA and TRIT (Tea Research Institute of Tanzania).

Since commssioning in 2012 RVE’s operates a 4MW hydro-power-station and about 400 km of rural distribution network, supplying about 21.5 GWh (per annum) of grid-quality, renewable electricity (approx. 0.5% of the national usage) to the National Utility (TANESCO), the local tea industry (as a back-up facility), as well as to 42 villages in the Mufindi district (Mwenga and Kihansi areas).

To best service its rural network community, RVE has set up its own rural distribution company (Mwenga Power Services Ltd., MPS), which has developed and deployed an innovative state of the art cell-phone based, pre-paid-electricity-vending-system, supplying currently about 3,100 rural customers with affordable, green, on-demand electricity. MPS expects to raise this number to about 5,500 customers within the next two years.

With this project RVE has also been successful in developing the first, private, UNFCCC registered CDM project in Tanzania, generating estimated 100,000 CERs over a 7-year crediting period.