Cogen for Africa Project Matchmaking, Financiers and Policy
(The Tanzanian Case Study)
Eng. Masoya Magoti
One of the Cogen for Africa Project aims is to facilitate matchmaking between local and international stakeholders, identifying local financing institutions willing to provide lending to local developers of renewable energy technologies, and promoting favorable policies that would support co-generation, and kindling cooperation between local and international suppliers in the provision of spares and equipment relevant to co-generation in the manufacturing and processing industry to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers.
This study is sub-divided into 4 categories:
The Introduction to this study makes reference to the previous study that sought to identify and establish a sample of workshops that are capable and willing to produce spares and equipment for the co-generation industry.
The present study identifies those companies which are actively involved in co generation and those which are potentially co generators. It has dwelt predominantly on those industries which are, or intend to use agricultural products/waste as fuel; such as, fuel wood, wood residue from the Forestry products industry, or bagasse from the Sugar industry, in the production of heat and power. Whenever “Renewable Energy Technologies” is used in this study, however, it invariably relates interchangeably to co-generation using the above mentioned renewable fuels. Renewable technologies such as: wind, solar, biogas, and geothermal, etc., which are outside of this system box have not been considered as core of this study.
Secondly, the study looks at the financial sector before and at the dawn of free market where market forces have been left to control the economy and its aftermath.
The third scenario takes the reader through the evolution of the energy sector with more emphasis on renewable energy in the co-generation sector.
Lastly, we look at the adequacy of the energy policy of the country, electricity tariffs, and the influence that has been and should, perhaps, be played by Cogen Africa Project to promote and further support policies that are conducive to the development of co-generation in the Eastern and Southern African region.
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