Status of GET FIT roll-out to other countries
GET FiT Zambia is designed to assist the Zambian Government in the implementation of its REFiT Strategy which was adopted by Cabinet in October 2017. In line with this strategy, GET FiT Zambia aims to procure 200 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy projects within the next three years. GET FiT supports small- to medium-scale Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects up to 20 MW, in line with the REFiT Strategy.
The initial phase of the GET FiT Zambia Programme will be a tender for up to 100 MW of solar PV capacity, to be launched before the end of Q1 2018 (the pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for 7 February 2018). The REFiT Strategy has also allocated 100 MW of capacity to small hydro projects. GET FiT intends to launch the hydro tender in late 2018. Subsequent tenders could call for other technologies including biomass and geothermal.
In addition to diversifying Zambia's power mix, GET FiT Zambia aims to strengthen the Zambian power market by encouraging private sector participation by a wider range of developers, construction firms and financial institutions. In partnering with Zambian stakeholders, GET FiT Zambia also strives to boost institutional capacity and the policy and regulatory framework for renewable energy IPPs in Zambia. The German Government through KfW has committed EUR 31m in support of GET FiT Zambia. KfW will be approaching other development partners during the course of 2018 to raise additional capital in support of the Programme.
The Interim Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff Program (Interim-REFiT) was introduced in Namibia in 2015 and will contribute to mobilising private investments into small-scale energy projects with a total capacity of 70 MW. However, the Namibian Interim REFiT Programme attracted 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 utilisation 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 programme concept for a GET FiT Programme 'bush-to-electricity' in Namibia. The study is financed by the Government of Germany and will be concluded during the third quarter of 2018.
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 carried out during the course of 2018.
Based on an earlier commitment by the German Government, in December 2017 KfW signed a financing agreement with the Government of Vietnam over EUR 14.5 million for the Renewable Energy Development Facility GET FiT Vietnam. Additional financing of EUR 14 million will be requested from the EU. Implementation details remain to be discussed with the main Implementing Partner, the national power utility Electricity of Vietnam, so that the GET FiT facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2018 or early 2019.