Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
The Tanzanian WEC Member Committee, quoting the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, reports that in recent years solar photovoltaics (PV) have been used for telecommunication, lighting, refrigeration, water pumping and powering other electronic equipment in individual residences, schools, health centres/rural dispensaries and missionary centres. The estimated current installed PV capacity in Tanzania is about 1.2 MWp, with an annual growth rate of about 20%.
Solar cooking, pasteurising and advanced solar crop-drying technologies are still in their infancy. More research and development is required to address the social and technical barriers that have been identified.
Pilot projects have been established in a number of areas in order to sensitise the communities, and will subsequently be carried out in other parts of the country.