Promoting South-South and Trilateral Cooperation for Renewable Energy : System Design, Installation, Operation and Maintenance

December 29, 2021

A four-day workshop in Adama, Ethiopia, brought together participants from Ministry of Water and Energy of Ethiopia (MoWE), Regional Energy Bureaus and selected institutions, to apply knowledge and skills in designing, installing, operating, and maintaining biogas, biomass, and solar PV systems. 

The event is part of a Ethiopia-China-Sri Lanka tri-lateral cooperation to promote renewable energy technology and skills’ transfer as well as strengthen the South-South cooperation experience sharing among these countries.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Water and Energy of Ethiopia (MoWE) in partnership with the UNDP in Ethiopia and China, China Agricultural University (CAU), and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China - the Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21 (MOST-ACCA 21).

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Ministry of Commerce of China is supporting the Government of Ethiopia to implement a South-South and Trilateral Cooperation Project titled “Biogas, Biomass and Solar Trilateral Cooperation- Transitioning to Sustainable Energy Uses in the Agro-industry between China and Ethiopia”, bringing together China and Sri Lanka to promote renewable energy technology and skills’ transfer.

More than 50 participants were drawn from Addis Ababa, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Harari, Oromia, Sidama, SNNP regions, and MoWE, UNDP Ethiopia, UNDP China, CAU, and MOST-ACCA 21.

The workshop provided participants practical knowledge and skills with the focus on project background, renewable energy and carbon neutrality, Ethiopian energy development policy and plan, anaerobic digestion technology and application, biogas and solar PV system design, installation, operation, and maintenance, as well as biomass system design and practice.

The knowledge and skills on renewable energy system design, installation, operation, and maintenance acquired through the workshop contribute to enhancing personnel capacities to facilitate the construction of the upcoming renewable energy pilot demonstration projects and to further expand those systems across the country.

The project establishes a mechanism for South-South and Trilateral Cooperation to derive from the need to disseminate renewable energy technology and scale-up for climate-resilient growth. It supports access to energy and sustainable resource consumption through trials and demonstrations of biogas and solar energy for productive uses.