Tanzanian authorities said on Friday the east African nation has potential to generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from solar energy.

Medard Kalemani, the Minister for Energy, told parliament in the capital Dodoma that the government has allocated 38 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 16,494,489 U.S. dollars) in the current financial year for supporting various solar power projects across the country.

“The use of solar for electricity in Tanzania remains minimal with only 5 MW being generated in some areas which are off the national grid,” he said.

He made the remarks after Members of Parliament ratified the Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

The alliance was established following proposals presented by the government of India after which it was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former French President Francois Hollande.

ISA was launched at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) on the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which was held in the French capital Paris in November, 2015.

Formation of the alliance was aimed at enabling countries, particularly those in the tropic zone, to undertake investments in eco-friendly energy especially solar, he explained.

Kalemani said ratification of the alliance was aimed at reducing environmental pollution caused by carbon emissions such as use of charcoal for cooking.

The alliance as well seeks to enable countries to develop technologies for solar power towards renewable energies,” he said. Enditem


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