Africa’s first waste to energy facility dubbed Reppie has officially opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The construction of Reppie began in 2014 at an estimated cost of $118 million under an agreement signed between UK based Cambridge Industries and the Ethiopian government.
The facility, which will be owned by Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) and process around 1400 tonnes of waste daily to add to the national electricity grid.
According to a report by Ventures Africa, it is expected to deliver consistent power when hydroelectric generation is significantly reduced by low river flows due to seasonal or broader climatic change.
It also will replace several expensive diesel-powered plants that have been used to cover power shortages.
Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome was reported to have said at the ceremony that the country has been investing greatly in hydropower, geothermal, wind energy and now biomass to boost the manufacturing sector with a supply of renewable energy.
The facility is part of the government’s Climate Resilient Green Economy, a $150 billion strategy launched in November 2011 with the dual objectives of making Ethiopia a middle-income economy by 2025 while keeping greenhouse gas emissions constant.
A video looking at the project can be viewed below.
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