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06 April 2010

Tanzania: EU Funds Solar Energy Project for Local Schools 'Best Ray' Gives High Hopes

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Solar panels are to be installed in all primary and secondary schools in Oldonyo Sambu and Ngarenanyuki wards in Arumeru district in an effort to promote the use of renewable sources of energy

Energy to be generated, under the 1.5 million Euro project funded by the European Union (EU), will be used to run computers, provide light as well as for cooking in schools and households. This was revealed by Mr. Matteo Leonardi, the project manager of Oikos East Africa, an Italian non-governmental organisation which is executing the project dubbed 'Best Ray.'

He said during the inauguration of the vocational community training centre for the project at Oldonyo Sambu that promotion of solar energy was one of the initiatives taken to reduce dependence on firewood.

EU granted the money for energy support. This would also include promotion of biogas energy and improved cooking stoves of which 200 would be distributed to villagers. Two public secondary schools in the area,Oldonyo Sambu and Kisimiri will be provided with 13 computers each which will be run using solar energy.

In that way, the drive for renewable energy would not only save the dwindling forests but also promote of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He reiterated; "All primary schools will have solar panels and all secondary schools computers and solar panels as well as solar energy-run kitchens". According to him, energy is one of the most important components of the community projects being implemented by Oikos East Africa in Arusha region.


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