In Tanzania, which is Norges Vel's main partner country in Africa, only 10 percent of the inhabitants have access to electricity. Norges Vel's focus on renewable energy takes both local needs and international challenges into account.
Norges Vel works with bio-energy and the utilisation of agricultural waste to create environmentally friendly energy. This work provides synergies between agriculture and environment. In addition, the focus on renewable energy is about solar energy and biogas.
For Norges Vel it is important to contribute to creating viable and sustainable places of employment. By gaining access to energy to run machines, the chances of creating viable and profitable businesses increase.
Increased access to renewable resources also supports gender equality. Women and girls do not have to spend as much time fetching wood and other traditional fuels. There is also a positive side to this health-wise. In Africa about 2 million people, mostly women and children, die because they are poisoned by health hazardous smoke indoors when they make food.
Electricity contributes to development and business opportunities
Contributing to the supply of electricity is considered to be one of the best ways to ensure development for individuals and communities as well as offering good business opportunities. Norges vel's goal is to identify and realise opportunities for developing projects within hydropower, bioenergy and solar power where ownership is local.
Competency building and startup of local networks are keywords within this. There are links between universities, technology institutions, companies, NGOs and government agencies to realise the projects.
In Uganda, only six percent of the population has access to electricity. Wood and coal being the most common sources of energy. The need for more energy sources is enormous, and Norges Vel is working on multiple projects within renewable energy in the East African country.
Creating profitable small-scale businesses with renewable energy
Norges Vel's work with renewable energy has the purpose of identifying and realising projects, companies and value chains with local ownership in close cooperation with local partners.
These are some of the methods we used:
- Develop local business opportunities for small scale projects within renewable energy
- Demonstrate relevant technologies and business models
- Competence boosting, network building and startup support for organisations
- Establish incubators for business development within renewable energy