Status of GET FIT roll-out to other countries

Based on the success, experience and lessons learnt thus far from the implementation of GET FiT Uganda, market assessments were carried out in a range of countries to explore the potential for further roll-out. As a result, the GET FiT concept is currently at various stages of further consideration or actual roll-out in several new countries, with the most advanced at the moment being Zambia. 

Preparations for the GET FIT Zambia Program have advanced well in 2016 and the German Government committed full funding for Phase I of the Program in December 2016. Most likely, it will kick off by launching a Solar PV Auction for a total capacity of 50 MW in May 2017. The launch date is however still dependent on the formal adoption of the REFiT Strategy by the Zambian Cabinet which is expected in Q1 2017. Preparations for small hydro and biomass (Phase II of GET FiT Zambia) will start  in 2017.  The GET FiT Zambia Programme comprises the following elements:

  1. GET FiT Premium (Grant Top-Up),
  2. Standardized Legal Documentation,
  3. Support for Permitting and Licensing,
  4. Risk mitigation (in cooperation with ATI) and
  5. Support for Grid Integration.

A GET FiT Coordinator is permanently based in Lusaka, who will be reinforced by a full GET FiT Secretariat by Q3 2017 (Procurement to start in Q1 2017).

The Interim Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff Program (Interim-REFiT) was introduced in Namibia in 2015 and shall contribute to mobilizing private investments into small-scale energy projects with a total capacity of 70 MW. However, the Namibian Interim REFiT Program could only attract investments mainly into solar energy, whereas investments into other renewable energy resources did not materialize as expected. Namibia is particularly interested in supporting the utilization of encroacher-bush, as more than one third of Namibia's surface is covered as a result of intensive farming.

The bush encroachment suppresses the growth of grass, reduces biodiversity and reduces the penetration of rainwater required to recharge the all-important underground water resources. In order to explore the utilization of encroacher bush as a renewable resource for electricity generation, the Government of Namibia has requested KfW to undertake a detailed design and implementation readiness study to develop a program concept for a GET FiT Program ‘bush-to-electricity’ in Namibia. The study shall be financed by the Government of Germany. It will be tendered and carried out in the course of 2017.

A Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFiT) was introduced in Mozambique in 2014. However, private investments in renewable energy projects have not materialized as expected. In order to operationalize the REFiT, the Government of Mozambique has requested KfW to undertake a detailed design and implementation readiness study to develop a programme concept for a GET FiT Programme in Mozambique. The study will be financed by the Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. It will be tendered and carried out in the course of 2017.

In December 2016 the German Government indicated a commitment of up to 14.5 m EUR (grant funds) for a Renewable Energy Development Facility (REDF) in Vietnam. The REDF is jointly prepared by the General Directorate of Energy of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) of Vietnam and KfW and will be largely based on the GET FiT model implemented in Uganda. The MOIT intends to adopt a new feed-in-tariff policy for  wind and solar energy. Based on the new policy, the Facility can provide additional financing and help kick start private investments in wind and possibly solar energy in Vietnam. KfW assists MOIT in mobilizing additional funding from other donors (including the EU).

The possibility of a GET FiT rollout in Ghana under the new Government will be assessed during 2017.