Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity announced that water pumps powered by green energy were being supplied to isolated rural communities in the country, which do not have access to the national power grid, reported AllAfrica.

The ministry stated that it was now engaged in a massive exercise to install wind and solar-powered water pumps in distant localities – Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s states. Overall 109 such projects were being implemented with $4.92m in financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the National Climate Facility. So far 33 projects have been fully completed, another 67 are being installed, and design works and further studies were underway on the remaining ones.

In other renewable news, RenewablesBiz wrote that the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation was engaged in the construction and development of a 391MW hydro power plant on Geba River in Oromia regional state. The $466.4m for financing will come from the Export-Import Bank of China, while the development partners are SUR Construction, Inc. , Sinohydro Corporation Limited, and China Gezhouba Group Company Limited.