GET FiT Roll-Out in Other Countries

Although a Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFiT) was introduced in Mozambique in 2014, private investments in renewable energy projects have not yet materialised as expected. More incentives such as tariff support and risk mitigation are needed to harness private investments in renewable energies in the country. Therefore, the Government of Mozambique is intending to implement a GET FiT Programme. To prepare the Programme, a design and implementation study, financed by the Government of the United Kingdom through KfW, was undertaken in 2018. GET FiT Mozambique aims to support about 140 MW of renewable energy projects financed by IPPs within the next years. Potential activities within the project are tariff support for IPPs’ investments as well as the establishment of a facility for grid integration and risk mitigation. The project is in its preparation phase. Implementation is planned to start in 2020. The German government has committed 25 million Euro in support of GET FiT Mozambique which will be implemented through KfW. Additional financing will be requested from other development partners.

The Interim Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff Programme (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 investment mainly into solar energy, whereas investments into other renewable energy resources did not materialise as expected. Namibia is particularly interested in supporting the utilisation of encroacher-bush, as more than one third of Namibia’s surface is covered by it 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 second quarter of 2019.

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 has been requested from the EU but has not been committed. 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 mid/end 2019.