Solar-geothermal hybrid power system takes shape in Tanzania

solar  russfThe solar-geothermal hybrid power system is expected to power at least 70,000 homes in rural Tanzania. (Image source: russf/Flickr)Rural Tanzania will soon be able to use a new solar energy system with a World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded renewable energy project taking shape in the country currently

The system will combine the potential of geothermal and solar energy, providing significant amount of power to communities in rural areas, much of which currently lacks access to electrical power of any kind.

According to the World Bank, approximately three per cent of people in rural Tanzania have access to electricity, with 95 per cent relying on firewood to provide heat.

The World Bank has teamed with the AfDB in an attempt to provide funding for the project, which is estimated to cost approximately US$50mn. Once construction of the project is completed, it will produce enough energy to power 70,000 average homes.  

This energy could be a major boon for people in rural communities, offering them safer ways to heat their homes and improving their quality of life. The electricity could also enable the establishment of better health care systems, giving people access to better medical care.

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