Government of Eritrea is set to develop two solar hybrid systems that will provide grid quality electricity to 40,000 people and businesses in the towns of Areza and Maidma at a cost of USD 6.56 million.
Eritrean Ministry of Energy and Mines confirmed the statement saying the project aims to improve livelihood of people living in rural towns and villages. It is hoped the project will be replicated in order to mitigate adverse effects of climate change in Eritrea and provide access to reliable power 24×7. Projects are primarily financed by the EU through the ACP EU Energy Facility and the UNDP and Eritrea are contributing a little under USD 2.3 million for each. The mini-grid hybrid solar systems will be powered by solar PV and lithium-ion batteries.