And it is in these areas not served by Ethiopia’s national electricity grid that Precise Consult wants to deploy its programme. The consultancy company also plans to provide 25,000 devices for the productive use of solar photovoltaic energy. These include solar pumps for irrigation. This is now a necessity for farmers who are increasingly faced with drought in this East African country.
According to the authorities, solar pumps could restore 7 million hectares of arable land in Ethiopia. And according to a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the electrification of irrigation has the potential to create an annual value of $1.2 billion by 2025. Precise Consult’s initiative is being implemented in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Irrigation and Lowlands and the Ministry of Water and Power. The programme of local manufacturing of solar power kits is funded by the Shell Foundation.