Before we tell you about what we do, let’s first learn a little about where we do it!
Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a large country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.
Tanzania’s population of 51.82 million is diverse; composed of several ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital city has been Dodoma, where the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located. Dar es Salaam, the former capital, retains most government offices and is the country’s largest city, principal port, and leading commercial center.
Kilosa District is one of the six districts of the Morogoro Region of Tanzania. Its administrative seat is the town of Kilosa. Kilosa District covers 14,918 square kilometers (5,760 sq miles). It is bordered to the north by the Manyara Region, to the northeast by the Tanga Region, to the east by Mvomero District, to the southeast by Morogoro Rural District, to the south by Kilombero District, to the southwest by the Iringa Region and to the west by the Dodoma Region. According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Kilosa District was 489,513.
Agriculture is the major economic activity in the Region. It engages about 80- 90 percent of the region’s labour force. The major activities include small scale farming (food and cash crops, and production-subsistence farming). Maize and paddy are the major staple food crops. Other food crops in the region include sorghum, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava, millet, groundnuts, tomatoes, fruits and vegetables. The main cash crops in the region are cotton, coffee, sisal, onions, oil seeds (such as simsim), sunflower and a some cocoa along the mountain slopes. Traditional fishing is practiced along the Kilombero and Wami rivers, as well as Mindu dam.
There is also growth of a small capital intensive urban sector, whose main activities include manufacturing. Some mining is carried out in the district. The region is rich in three types of minerals; gemstones, construction minerals (such as sand, gravel, and stones), and industrial minerals (including renicull lime stone, mica, and graphite).
The energy solutions Ruaha Energy are pursuing, and will pursue in the future, include both standalone Off-Grid, and Utility-Scale, grid connected (hydropower and solar PV/biomass hybrid) projects. All our projects focus on increasing rural access to renewable, green energy, and delivering energy efficient products and services. An important part of our offering includes the provision of micro-finance capabilities, to enable our customers to purchase energy efficient tools, machinery, appliances, and fixtures. The green energy provided by our facilities will help reduce the impacts of climate change by applying “smart and efficient electricity supply and utilization” techniques and processes. Our customer’s will also be able to improve their lives by enhancing agro-processing and other industrial, and commercial activities.
|Our renewable energy Off-Grid initiatives involve hybrid, integrated, renewable energy solutions in isolated rural communities – deploying multiple 100 kilovolt (or less) installations in villages, initially in the Kilosa and Kilolo Districts in central Tanzania.
|Our Utility-Scale projects involve the installation, ownership, and operation of grid-connected, renewable energy projects in the capacity range of 1 – 10 megawatts. Our initial focus is to identify, develop, and launch, in rural areas, a portfolio of standalone solar PV and hybrid biomass/solar PV projects, with a total combined power generation capacity of 40 megawatts, and a portfolio of Run-of-River projects also with an installed capacity of 40 megawatts.
You can find more detailed information about our Off-Grid and Utility-Scale projects, in their respective portions of our website…