Supporting the national government in developing a productive renewable energy sector in support of Ethiopian smallholder farms

Energy to unlock water access

Developing a productive renewable energy sector in support of Ethiopian smallholder farms

Ethiopia’s economy is dominated by agriculture, which accounts for one-third of GDP and 70% of jobs. The DREAM project, which sees GEAPP partnering with government and the private sector, uses DRE to power small-scale rural irrigation, replacing the running of expensive and polluting diesel pumps.


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Solutions for Ethiopia

Pilot Programmes

Design, test and later scale, transformative approaches including utility scale renewables, fossil fuel decommissioning, transmission and distribution, productive use of energy, green industrialization, and e-mobility

Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE)

Accelerating the uptake of distributed renewable energy, to provide fast, clean, cheap power where it is needed most

2030 Targets


New connections


New jobs

2 megatons

CO2 emissions averted

Mini-Grids to Power Agricultural Communities

Under the GEAPP umbrella, the African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, and other partners including the government of Ethiopia, are supporting the deployment of solar mini-grids that will provide reliable, affordable, year-round electricity to power irrigation for farmers, local communities, and more. When complete, the Distributed Renewable Energy-Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) project will include the largest mini-grid powered irrigation system on the continent.

Meet Our Experts

  • Enas Abdella Abdulmalik
    Country Delivery Lead