Project Developer: Mwenga Hydro Ltd.
Project Status: under development
It is anticipated that as our rural network grows (and general houshold and SME electricity cosumption increases) the Mwenga Hydro power station might soon face difficulties to meet the energy demand of our rural customer base, specifically during the dry season, when water flow levels are at their lowest.
It was recently discovered that the wind in this specific area blows the hardest during the dry season, and having electricity generated from a wind power site close to our rural network (and fed into it) would help to compensate for the lack of power generated by the hydro during the dry season, while stablising our and the TNEASCO grid during this season.
The Mwenga Wind Project is beeing devloped as a private, renewable energy infrastructure project, consisting of an initial 2.4 MW of wind capaciy, which is expected to balance the growing needs of the Mwenga Hydro rural electrification network, as well as promote the further growth and development of rural electrification throughout this area of Tanzania.
The expected energy output will be about 7 GWh per annum. The project is located nearby the village Usokami, a village situated in the Kihansi Basin (Iringa region, Southern Tanzania) an area in which economy is dominated by agricultural activities, with the timber industry being the largest, plus various subsistence farming activities.
The actual site was chosen for its high wind speeds relative to other possible locations nearby, as well as its close proximity to the Mwenga network (expansion into the Kihansi Basin) – as Usokami will be one of the villages connected under this project.
The actual wind power will likely come from multiple wind turbines in the 500kW to 1MW range, as the mountainous terrain and poor road conditions in Tanzania favour smaller turbines that are easier to transport and erect.