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Progress towards drilling for steam by Corbetti Geothermal Company, the launch of tenders for the 100MW Metehara solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project (IPP) and the World Bank Scaling Solar programme’s requests for developers to prequalify to install 250MW at two sites suggest that Ethiopia is accelerating efforts to diversify its hydro-dominated energy mix and move a key strategic sector onto a market footing. 
But members of the five developer groups waiting on the Metehara decision, and other potential investors attracted to Ethiopia’s status as one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, still complain that project implementation moves rather too slowly.