Located in southern Ethiopia around six hours drive from
the capital Addis Abeba, Arba Minch is the provincial capital
of the Gamo Gofa Zone and part of the Southern Nations, Nationalities
and People’s Region (SNNPR). It is surrounded by Lake
Abaya and Lake Chamo, two major lakes of the rift valley
and is a major tourist destination for travelers exploring
the southern Omo valley.
Currently, around 120,000 people
live in fast-growing Arba Minch and it is home to the well-known
Arba Minch University
with almost 25,000 students. Arba Minch is connected to
the national electricity grid, but is also frequently subject
to large power cuts and the general energy shortage.
many personal discussions, e.g. with the chief administrator
of Gamo Gofa Zone, the major of Arba Minch Town and the
president of Arba Minch University, it has become clear
energy can play a major role in the future energy supply
of the region on many levels. The local government as
well as the university have been very motivated to collaborate
with Sahay Solar on the distribution of solar energy
both play active roles in terms of the local activities.