ECOWAS OBSERVATORY FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Accurate knowledge on existing and planned resources are vital for strategic planning and development. The non-availability of reliable and updated energy information poses a major constraint for policy makers, investors and project developers in the ECOWAS energy sector. For investors and other stakeholders, it is difficult to identify cooperation partners due to the absence of specialised platforms for exchange of information and experiences. Given this situation, significant opportunities are lost for a sustainable energy development. The ECOWREX connects people and ideas, building powerful partnerships with the latest technologies to provide up to date, timely and quality information for powering a cleaner and developed energy sector.

FEATURES & DATA TYPES

INITIATIVES

List of initiatives with focus on ECOWAS region, that supports energy projects and programmes.

STAKEHOLDERS

A directory of key energy stakeholders with effective involvement in the energy sector.

EFFICIENCY

Provides latest information on Energy Efficiency opportunities and measures adopted in the ECOWAS region.

DOCUMENTS

A smart reference library with an extensive collection of renewable energy and energy efficiency materials.

 

The Mini-grid Finder: a GIS geospatial application for mini-grid planning in Nigeria

The Mini-grid Finder: a GIS geospatial application for mini-grid planning in Nigeria

The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) has supported the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (FMPWH) in developing a GIS-based search engine, the “Mini-grid Finder”. It is built primarily to help mini-grid developers in identifying viable sites for off-grid solar mini-grids in Nigeria. It covers the five states (Cross River, Niger, Sokoto, Plateau and Ogun) in which NESP is operating. It includes different search options (e.g. load, population, distance from national grid). Users can extract the results of their search into Excel or Google Earth for further processing.

Renewable Energy online platforms to support energy planning in Liberia

Renewable Energy online platforms to support energy planning in Liberia

Liberiaruralenergy.org presents the Rural Energy Strategy and Master Plan for Liberia (RESMP), which communicates the main elements of the Master Plan to key stakeholders. The RESMP for the period until 2030 aims to set clear targets, to identify least-cost projects and technologies, to propose concrete investments for funding and implementation, with appropriate institutional framework and capacity to increase energy access and renewable energies to the country’s rural areas and population – meaning all areas and population outside of greater Monrovia. Renewables-liberia.info is an independent platform for everybody interested in the renewable energy sector in Liberia: International Partners, Government, NGOs, Experts, Donors, Training Institutions or Businesses, and anyone else are invited to connect, cooperate and share information. To learn about different technologies, to follow the progress and impact of renewable energies, to analyze data on various maps and to stay informed on news and events.

New solar mini-grid plants operational in Liberia

New solar mini-grid projects operational in Liberia

In June 2017, five remote communities in Lofa receive a solar power plant and mini-grids as part of the project Light Up Our Futures, funded by EU and implemented by PLAN International and VOSIEDA, with technical support of GIZ/EnDev.