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Solar powered water project inaugurated 07-10-19


Solar powered water project inaugurated

Weki-Duba: Solar powered water project inaugurated
Weki-Duba: Solar powered water project inaugurated

The Solar powered water project worth over 3 million Nakfa was inaugurated yesterday, 6 October in Weki-Duba, Central region.

The Solar powered water project includes a solar power able to drill 30 barrels of water per hour, a reservoir, as well as pipelines and 4 water distribution stations.

At the inauguration ceremony, it was indicated that there has been acute water crisis in Weki-Duba and that with putting in place the new solar powered water project, the problem has been alleviated.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Tesfu Fesshatsion, administrator of Berik sub zone noting the significance of clean water in the health and socio economic lives of nationals called on the public to properly use the project and follow-up of its sustainability.

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Commending residents of Weki-Duba form their contribution, Mr. Zeriet Teweldeberhan, managing director in the Central region on his part called on residents to strengthen participation in the effort to redress the environment with a view to enrich the Solar powered water project.

The beneficiaries on their part commending the Government and partners for realizing the project expressed readiness to properly use the water project put in place in their area.

Weki-Duba is home to 3 thousand residents.

Climate changes throughout the world have put countries into discussion and consideration on how they use energy. Many forums and summits have been conducted to bring universal solution to the harsh changes causing disasters across the world.

The Eritrean government is committed to sustaining the most and getting a relief by using renewable energy supplies. Multiple programs are underway in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and local organizations so as to answer to the country’s growing demand of energy with renewable energies such as solar and wind mills. Windmills are providing alternative energy for rural communities across Eritrea.
Goal number seven of Sustainable Development Goals discuss affordable and clean energy. This means ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 by investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal.

Solarcentury brings solar power to 40,000 Eritreans

Solarcentury has announced the completion and commissioning of two solar-hybrid mini grids, bringing power to the rural communities of Areza and Maidma in Eritrea in East Africa.

Solar powered water project is a state-of-the-art hybrid power system, combining solar photovoltaics with lithium batteries and backup diesel generators in a location remote from the country’s power grid. The system integrates world-class technologies, including Tesla batteries and Caterpillar generators.

Construction of the project took 8 months, employing local contractors and consultants working with Solarcentury project managers, as well as international contractors. After final completion the site will be operated by the Eritrean Electricity Company – whose staff have received extensive training by Solarcentury and are now closely involved in site operations.

Solarcentury brings solar power to 40,000 Eritreans


The 1.25 MWp system in Areza and 1 MWp in Maidma are mini-grids, providing grid-quality power to 40,000 people and businesses where there is no main grid power. These communities were previously served by small diesel generators which are environmentally damaging, costly to run, and only able to provide limited power. The solar mini-grids provide clean, stable power 24/7.

The project was funded by the Eritrean Government with support from the European Delegation in Eritrea and the United Nations Development Programme.

“The community are at the heart of this project. Our hope is that access to reliable electricity will support wider economic growth in the region, and social development. For example, there’s a clinic in Areza that will now benefit from uninterrupted electricity. The Eritrean project presents a model for rural electrification, and Solarcentury is in discussions about similar projects across Africa.”