10,000 more biogas plants to be installed in Tanzania

February 29, 2016

Following the implementation of 12,000 bio-digesters that benefitted more than 70,000 Tanzanian people, the Tanzania Domestic Biogas Programme (TDBP) has just received good news that it will continue to install 10,000 more biogas plants over a two-year period (2016-2017) with support from Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA).The contribution amounts to approximately USD 1.6 million. This commitment by the government of Tanzania, Norway and the Netherlands means that the biogas industry in the country will continue to contribute to increased access to clean, modern energy in rural and peri-urban areas.

The financing from REA will mainly be used to provide investment discounts to households that plan to buy a biogas plant. These discounts will be channelled through the private enterprises that build the biogas plants. So far, more than 60 enterprises have been established through the TDBP programme. In addition to the investment discounts, the REA financing aims to expand the biogas market to new areas and facilitate the use of biogas in institutions like schools and prisons. The REA-financed project is managed by SNV, building on the operational capacity of TDBP.

TDBP started operations in 2009 as part of the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP). ABPP is a joint venture between the Netherlands Directorate for Development Cooperation (DGIS), Hivos and SNV. The aim of TDBP is to initiate and assist large-scale dissemination of domestic biogas in Tanzania through a market-based approach. 

Biogas provides a sustainable opportunity for individual households with livestock to reduce dependency on firewood and fossil fuels and benefit from modern and clean energy as well as a potent organic fertiliser. Consequently, socio-economic living conditions, employment rates and environmental sustainability are considerably boosted, while reducing emissions and contributing to mitigation of climate change.

Hivos focuses on pro-poor renewable energy projects, such as domestic biogas, clean cookstoves and sustainable agricultural practices. We connect programmes to buyers willing to pay prices that include a contribution to pro-poor sustainable development. All our carbon credits are registered under the Gold Standard.

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