Tanzania’s geographical location gives unique opportunity for a vibrant solar energy market. Solar energy has a lot of potential for application in lighting, heating, drying and generating electricity for productive uses. The growth of the local market has resulted in high inflow of PV products in Tanzania. However, the installers often lack the training to install reliable systems and most of the retail shops surveyed, offer contained products that are of sub-standard quality and do not perform according to the specifications written in their data plates.
The Climate and Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) through the National Designated Entity (NDE), the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), together with its Consortium partner the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is assisting Tanzania in promoting the sustainable use of solar photovoltaic technology. A pilot-training workshop was held at the Morogoro Vocational Teacher’s Training College in November, involving 29 (19 women) PV installers, retailers and technicians.
”In the majority of households, women tend to become the victims whenever there are power outages. When the power goes out, we men let the women worry about how to run the household”, noted Anamringi Maro, the Principal of the college.
The results of the workshop will be used for developing recommendations for an accreditation program and training program for PV technicians/installers as well as retailers and regional energy officers. As part of additional capacity building, a list of assorted solar PV equipment components have been donated to enable the Tanzania Renewable Energy Association to continue providing solar PV trainings.