TAREA – our Partner for Renewable Energies in Tanzania

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Ms Lucy Kileo, left, promoting renewable energy technologies through live talk at Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation FM Radio in Kigoma Copyright: TAREA

Organisation Description

Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2001. The non-governmental organisation (NGO) works to promote the use of sustainable renewable energy, representing non-state actors in mainland Tanzania.

The NGO's objectives include promoting knowledge and skills, disseminating information, facilitating market development of renewable energy technologies, applications as well as services and promoting local manufacturing of products.

  • Total Volume: 4,000 – 9,000 € annually
  • Duration: yearly projects since 2007
  • Project region: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Project partner: Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA)

Financial support from the URBIS Foundation

Project Description

TAREA implements projects in the renewable energy sector with various partner organisations. These include the installation of solar PV systems for over 27 hospitals and health stations as well as projects in the biomass sector. In addition, TAREA organises awareness raising trainings for end-users in communities, schools, and hospitals.

Within the framework of the project partnership with URBIS, the following projects have been carried out in recent years, among others:

1. Information Events and Awareness Raising

For more than 10 years, TAREA has been organising the National Renewable Energy Day, an information event on renewable energies. TAREA also organises annual exhibitions and workshops on the advantages and disadvantages of the technologies and creates networking opportunities for different stakeholders in renewable energies. URBIS Foundation has financially supported the organisation of the Energy Days several times.

2. Renewable Energy School Clubs

TAREA also carries out awareness-raising in schools. This has resulted, among other things, in the Renewable Energy School Clubs in the Manyara region in north-eastern Tanzania. These groups of schoolchildren regularly carry out awareness-raising activities and inform their environment about renewable energies and their importance for environmental protection.


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Girls trained by TAREA in Masasi District installing a solar home system Copyright: TAREA

3. PV Installations

In many regions of Tanzania, schools often do not have access to reliable lighting. Within the framework of the partnership with URBIS, two girls' schools were equipped with photovoltaic systems. In addition, the teaching staff as well as the students were informed about how solar energy works and how to use the systems. The schools now have a reliable and climate-neutral energy source at their disposal, which can also be used as a demonstration and training object.

4. Training Women in the Solar Energy Sector

In Tanzania, the renewable energy sector is still largely male-dominated. It is mainly men who are solar artisans and responsible for the installation and maintenance of the systems. TAREA supports the training of women in the solar energy sector to enable them through theoretical and practical modules to independently carry out installation and maintenance work and generate their own income.

Voices from the Project:

A girl trained in solar technology in Masasi said “thanks for relieving us from the bondage of poverty and exploitation”.

The NGO Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) has been supported by the URBIS Foundation with an annual grant for more than ten years.