UNDP Tanzania has recently celebrated the expanding influence of sustainable energy by installing a hybrid solar power system at United Nations House in Dar es Salaam. This move towards renewable energy is reaffirming UNDP’s role in spearheading the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
“This sets a framework for other organizations, both public and private, to follow suit, thus helping the country to play a key role in localizing the SE4ALL initiative as well as implementing the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to address climate change in Tanzania,” said Acting Resident Representative Verity Nyagah.
The office had used to be dependent on grid power, backed by diesel generators, which were polluting, expensive and unreliable. With the new system 70 percent of the office’s power will be emission free.
"These solar panels will enable UN House to offset 68 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, while producing an impressive 187 megawatt hours of clean and efficient energy,” said Acting Director, Bureau for Management Services Kanni Wignaraja.
Renewable energy has strong environmental incentives. The new power system will effectively reduce the UN House Tanzania’s carbon footprint, and its subsequent burden on the environment. This is in line with SDG 13, which focuses on climate action, while also promoting SDG 7, affordable and clean energy. The new power system is designed to inspire other organizations to follow suit and create a clean energy revolution in Tanzania.
Solar power will also improve quality of life, because while diesel generators are noisy, dirty and intrusive, solar panels emit no sound. This is a benefit to UNDP and other agencies, as well as government agencies that UNDP works with to promote sustainable and equitable development.