USTDA Director Announces New Energy Projects In Sub-Saharan Africa
Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia – Today, U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Leocadia I. Zak concluded her participation in the U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial, where she announced two new projects that will replace diesel generation with energy efficient, environmentally friendly solutions.
"These activities demonstrate USTDA's ability to catalyze sustainable energy growth in Africa – the theme of the Ministerial," said Director Zak. "USTDA is proud to connect U.S. experts to priority energy projects in Tanzania and South Africa."
Director Zak signed a grant to fund a feasibility study, which will be cost shared with U.S. energy developer Hecate Energy (Nashville, TN), for the University of Dodoma in Tanzania. The project will evaluate cost-effective solar photovoltaic solutions that can replace existing diesel generation and provide dedicated power to the University's Health Sciences Diagnostic Center and the surrounding community.
Additionally, Director Zak signed an agreement with U.S. technology provider Oorja Protonics (Fremont, CA) to share the costs of a project to pilot fuel cell technology for cell tower operations in South Africa. Implementation of the fuel cell systems would help replace expensive diesel generators with Oorja's energy efficient, environmentally friendly solutions. Director Zak will sign the corresponding grant agreement with Plessey, a South African telecommunications systems integrator with operations in 27 African countries, in Johannesburg this Friday.
These projects are being funded under the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative, an innovative U.S. government effort to catalyze private sector investment for clean energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting early-stage project development.
During the Ministerial, Director Zak emphasized USTDA's commitment to the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly development of Africa's energy resources. In FY 2014 alone, USTDA has funded a dozen energy sector activities in sub-Saharan Africa, which will support approximately 700 MW of new power generation capacity and help mobilize capital to finance over $2 billion in energy infrastructure investments.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.