Project Developer: Mwenga Hydro
Project Partners: TBC
Project Status: under development
It is anticipated that within three years the Mwenga Hydro power station will begin to have difficulty to meet the energy demand of our growing rural customer base during the dry season, when water flow levels are at their lowest. It was discovered that the wind in the area blows the hardest during the dry season. Having electricity generated from wind power contributing to Mwenga Hydro grid would help to compensate for the lack of power generated by the hydro during the dry season. This would provide a more constant generation output of the system on a month to month basis.
A relevant grid study has shown, that the distribution network in the Mufindi area is capable of managing a total of 10MW of power generation capacity, which – given the 4 MW currently supplied by Mwenga – obviously leaves more than enough room on the grid to accommodate 2.5 MW of wind capacity under this project development.
The Mwenga Wind Project is hence designed as a private, renewable energy infrastructure project, consisting of an initial 2.5 MW, which are 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 9.3 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.