The National Electrification Program steering committee met at MoWE, chaired by State Minister for Energy Development, H.E. Dr. Ing. Sultan Woli, to discuss the status of the Access to Distributed Electricity and Lighting in Ethiopia (ADELE) Project. Following an assessment of the program’s updates and status, the committee decided to meet on September 5th for additional program-related discussion.

ADELE was approved in 2021 as part of the initiative known best for its motto “Light for All” to increase access to reliable electricity for households, social institutions, and businesses in the country. It has a five-year lifespan (2022-2027), was funded by the World Bank, and is being implemented by three Ethiopian agencies: Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE), Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE), and Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU).

The project comprises of five components, with several subcomponents and targeted areas.

  • First: Network strengthening for improved reliability of supply in urban areas where Addis Ababa and 10 other regional capitals and selected zonal towns suffering from deficiencies in availability, quality, and reliability will be the prime beneficiaries.
  • Second: Rollout of solar-hybrid mini grids with battery storage and or diesel backup for rural economic development.
  • Third: Construction of solar home systems for households (HHs), small-holder farmers and small businesses with a particular focus on deep-rural and other underserved areas.
  • Fourth: Creation of standalone solar systems for health and education facilities to finance the supply and installation of stand-alone solar systems for health and education facilities identified under the national electrification program (NEP) 2.0.
  • Fifth: Capacity building, technical assistance, and implementation support to ensure concerned stakeholders have adequate technical, planning, and operational capacity to implement the electrification program.

Over the past decade, the Government of Ethiopia has made encouraging progress on its electrification program and expanded the grid network coverage to nearly 60 percent of towns and villages.

Despite this progress, Ethiopia has the third largest energy access deficit in Sub-Saharan Africa with more than half the population still without access to reliable electricity especially in deep-rural areas which are dependent on biomass and kerosene.

The electricity deficit in Ethiopia continues to exacerbate the poverty situation, preventing far too many people from fulfilling their basic socio-economic needs and limiting access to opportunity.

The Access to Distributed Electricity and Lighting in Ethiopia (ADELE) is an important component of Ethiopia’s National Electrification Program (NEP), which aims to strategically change direction from infrastructure development to the delivery of adequate, reliable and affordable electricity services with a vision to reach universal electrification by 2025.

ADELE will focus on access to new and improved electricity services for households, smallholder farmers, commercial and industrial users, and social institutions in urban, peri-urban, rural, and deep-rural areas.

Source: Capital Ethiopia Newspaper and World Bank

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