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NRECA International implements low-cost rural electrifi cation pilot projects in Tanzania


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international program, NRECA International, has contracted with Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA), not to be confused with the U.S. Rural Electrifi cation Administration, to conduct two rural electrifi cation pilot projects in the Kilombero and Mbozi districts. “Currently, less than 21 percent


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of the rural population in Tanzania has access to electric service,” said Dan Waddle, senior vice president for NRECA International. “Taking what we learn from these projects, the


he National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and its


REA can replicate this model in other regions and dramatically increase the impact of its rural electrifi cation program with limited resources.” Located in eastern Tanzania,


the Kilombero project will provide electricity to 16 villages along a 65- mile corridor that lacks an electricity distribution network. T e Mbozi project, in southwestern Tanzania, will provide electricity to 10 villages by extending existing power lines more than 30 miles. As a result of these projects, a combined total of 7,256 consumers will have access to electricity for the fi rst time. T e NRECA International project


team will work with the REA to manage the material procurement process, the fi nal distribution system design and construction of lines for both projects. NRECA is the national service


organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not- for-profi t, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states. NRECA International has been working in developing countries since 1962. Its global commitment has helped provide electricity to more than 110 million people in 42 countries.


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OKLAHOMA ELECTRIC CO-OP NEWS • NOVEMBER 2014


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