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Challenges and Issues Affecting the Exploitation of Renewable Energies in Tanzania

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Overview

Tanzania has abundant but largely untapped renewable energy resources, including biomass, water resources for hydropower, wind as well as plentiful of sunlight.[1] At the same time, the country is not doing well when it comes to generating electricity. The rates of electricity supply in rural areas are low – only 2% of the rural population has access to electricity and the figure for the entire country is about 15%.[1]


Challenges & Issues

Biomass

Challenges/ issues affecting the exploitation of biomass technologies in Tanzania include[2]:

  • Limited technical know how.
  • High initial and investment costs of some biomass technologies.
  • Limited awareness and exposure to the existence and potentials of the technology of Tanzanians.
  • Lack of financial facilities for energy investments.
  • Lack of consideration and capability to calculate life cycle costs of different energy options for Tanzanians.

-> See also Tanzania energy situation - Biomass.


Hydropower

Challenges/ issues affecting the exploitation of hydro technologies in Tanzania include<u>[2]:</u>

  • Limited technical know how.
  • High initial and investment costs for the technologies.
  • Limited awareness and exposure to the existence and potential of the technology in Tanzania.
  • Lack of financial facilities for energy investments.
  • Lack of consideration and capability to calculate life cycle costs of different energy options for Tanzanians.
  • External interests especially from donors.

-> See also Tanzania energy situation - Hydro


Solar Energy

A number of challenges/ issues affect the exploitation of solar technologies in Tanzania<u>[2]:</u>

  • Limited technical know how.
  • High initial and investment costs for the technologies.
  • Limited awareness and exposure to the existence and potential of the technology of Tanzanians.
  • Lack of financial facilities for energy investments.
  • Lack of consideration and capability to calculate life cycle costs of different energy options for Tanzanians.
  • External interests especially from donors

-> See also Tanzania energy situation - Solar


Wind Energy

A number of challenges/ issues affect the exploitation of wind technologies in Tanzania<u>[2]:</u>

  • Limited technical know how.
  • High initial and investment costs for the technologies.
  • Limited awareness and exposure to the existence and potential of the technology of Tanzanians.
  • Lack of financial facilities for energy investments.
  • Lack of consideration and capability to calculate life cycle costs of different energy options for Tanzanians.
  • Limited political will.
  • External interests especially from donors

-> See also Tanzania energy situation - Wind


Further Information


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sida: http://www.sida.se/English/where-we-work/Africa/Tanzania/examples-of-results/Renewable-energy-helps-rural-development/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 GTZ (2007): Eastern Africa Resource Base: GTZ Online Regional Energy Resource Base: Regional and Country Specific Energy Resource Database: II - Energy Resource.