Governments Growth and Transformational plan II has a goal to achieve universal
electricity by 2025. Currently 56% of the Ethiopian population does not have
access to electricity.
At the G20 summit, Siemens committed to
supporting and contributing to Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan II and
its objective of electrifying Ethiopia. Siemens will install a solar-hybrid
plant in Sodo supplying reliable, sustainable and affordable electricity to the
FruitBox farm as well as to the surrounding communities. The G20 investment
Summit-Compact with Africa brings together delegates in the public and private
sectors to promote German-African business relations under the compact with
“The Fruitbox Farm project is a key Siemens
lighthouse project aimed at demonstrating the importance of corporates aligning
to a national vision that will ultimately benefit the lives of people in
different societies,” says Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and
Eastern Africa. “Government plans supported by business initiatives are
essential and play a crucial role in moving economies forward and ensuring
economic prosperity for all,” she adds.
This project showcases how partnerships
between big corporations and small startup companies, can help yield positive
results, even in remote and rural areas. The impact on locals living in Sodo
will be immense. Apart from providing electricity to the Fruitbox, the project
will provide electricity to a nearby school which has approximately 300
students and additionally 150 households indirectly impacting roughly 1,500 people.
project goes beyond rural electrification by creating 200 direct new jobs, even
in challenging environments. Through
this initiative students from surrounding areas will be trained on how to
operate and maintain the microgrid and integrating the agricultural value chain
through oil and juice production.
Sabine concludes, “Siemens remains
steadfast in its commitment to Ethiopia. It is our duty as a business operating
in the country to make positive strides, through our technology to build a
better, more sustainable future for its people.”