Ethiopian Electric Power has tapped U.S. company Green Technology Africa to help develop 300 MW of solar power in the country, which is making an aggressive drive to expand electricity capacity from its current 55% coverage to 75% by next year.

U.S. company Green Technology Africa (GTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) for the development of 300 MW of solar power in the country.

Following significant investment in hydroelectric, wind and geothermal power generation projects, Ethiopia is set to invest a further $600 million in solar power generation, according to GTA.

EEP has declined to provide further details of the agreement or about the planned project.

GTA, however, said it applauds the Ethiopian government for “supporting organizations that have been launched internationally by Ethiopians that have acquired years of training and professional expertise overseas and choose to return home to go with local specialists to demonstrate best practices and solutions for a greener Ethiopia.”

GTA President Dereje Mesfin told Ethiopian newspaper The Reporter that the company would seek project financing from the U.S.’ Power Africa initiative, launched by President Barak Obama in 2013 with the aim of doubling the number of people in Sub-Sahara Africa with access to power.

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