The directorate has the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Coordinate all renewable energy technology interventions in the country and lead the sector;
  • Increase access to affordable modern energy means,
  • Develop RET thorough adoption, adaptation and new design;
  • Assess and promote efficient, cleaner, and appropriate energy technologies and conservation measure in a sustainable way,
  • Create awareness on energy related matters using different promotion medias;
  • Strengthen collaboration and increase participation of stakeholders,
  • Provide technical assistance in the form of advisory services, facilitating revolving fund, providing Training of Trainers as well as equipment and vehicles.
  • Assess encouragement and support options and bring to the attention of decision makers for implementation

The scope of the activities in the rural electrification project extends to implementing projects financed by foreign governments’ grants and loans in such a way that solar power generating appliances are to be installed in which the Ethiopian matching fund covers administrative and miscellaneous expenses. Thus, rural electrification projects have a great role in the GTP II in that aiming to enable those households located in remote and off grid areas of the country to become beneficiaries of the effort of electrifying the sited locations.

Activities encompassing solar home systems dissemination and installation, popularizing projects involving energy efficient appliances, capacity building and technical support options are the main to be emphasized by the section of rural electrification fund.

On top of this Micro enterprises organized to implement alternative energy technologies of various kind that include manufacturers, dispatchers and disseminators are targeted to be offered trainings, technical support and access to facilities of money borrowing channels.

National Biogas program coordination office was established during the year 2009 G.C. The objective of the establishment aimed at converting cow dung and other biomass residue to the biogas (mainly methane-CH4) so as to enable households to access renewable alternative energy source in a competitive market manner. The other target from the technology is that the organic fertilizer from the bi-product of the biogas plant largely supports agricultural productivity substituting artificial fertilizers.

So far, the program has been supported financially by the grant from the government of Netherlands and local matching fund of Ethiopian government and the beneficiaries of the program are five African countries in which Ethiopia is among them.

In addition to the grant by the government of Netherlands EU has started funding similar program whose financial support is known to be NBPE+ right from the current fiscal year.

Project documents on micro hydro had been made ready by the group of teams of alternative energy study team. In a couple of years prior to the current fiscal year among which a single project document prepared for the one located in SNNP that has already been financed by the government of Ethiopia for implementation in the coming three successive years. In the current fiscal year, the preliminary part that includes design preparation and related civil works are going to be accomplished. The rest activities are to be completed. During the two successive years after the completion of this fiscal year.

There is a likely interest to finance the rest project documents for implementation depending up on the degree of the performance level of the current project ready to be implemented right from this fiscal year.

Promoting Sustainable Rural Energy Technologies for Households and Productive Uses in Ethiopia Brief project description

The Government of Ethiopia has a vision to achieve middle-income status by 2025 and to create a climate-resilient green economy with zero net carbon emissions. To meet this challenge, the country needs to reach its economic goals in a sustainable manner, which includes increased levels of access to modern energy. With this context, the country faces four principal barriers that prevent the widespread dissemination of small-scale renewable energy technologies. These are:

Barrier 1: Need for strengthened national regulatory and legal framework for rural renewable energy in Ethiopia

Barrier 2: Lack of public awareness of the benefits of low-cost renewable energy household appliances

Barrier 3: Lack of affordability of small-scale renewable energy solutions and lack of a financial support mechanism to help accelerate the dissemination of household renewable energy appliances

Barrier 4: Lack of enterprises involved in supplying renewable energy technologies to rural communities in Ethiopia

The overall objective of the project is to promote and encourage significantly greater use of renewable energy technologies for household and productive uses in rural communities in Ethiopia. It is set within the strategic framework of the country’s ambition to reduce GHG emissions. In order to achieve the project objective, and address the identified barriers, the project’s intervention has been organized into four project components.

Component 1: strengthening regulatory and legal framework based on national standards

Component 2: Rural public awareness campaign on renewable energy technologies

Component 3: Sustainable Financial Mechanism for renewable energy technologies (RETs) for rural households

Component 4: Business incubation to promote greater entrepreneurship for investment in RETs

The project seeks to implement a more private sector-driven and market-based approach towards promoting renewable energy technologies in rural communities in Ethiopia. The four components consist of a combination of de-risking instruments (Component 1) and market-enabling activities (Component 2 and Component 4) that will combine with a financial support mechanism (Component 3) to help transform the market for off-grid renewable energy technologies in rural communities. By using this approach, the project targeted off-grid rural parts of the country in the nine regional states and planned to disseminate 800,000 rural energy technologies (200,000 solar energy technologies particularly solar home systems and 600,000 improved cook stoves).

The project is a five years project started on June 2016 that spans till June 2020. It is financed by GEF and co-financed by UNDP Ethiopia Country office and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The total budget of the project is USD 5,571,781.00 of which USD