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GIS Mapping of Hydropower Resources in West Africa

GIS Mapping of Hydropower Resources in West Africa

The ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency kicked-off on the 16th of March, 2015 together with Pöyry Energy GmbH, the project which seeks to map the hydropower resources for all the river basins in the ECOWAS region. The project is promoted by ECREEE under the context of the Small Scale Hydropower Program (SSHP), which was adopted by the ECOWAS Ministers of Energy in October 2012. The results will be one of the first data sources on small hydro power potential in the ECOWAS region.

Small Hydropower World Portal

Small Hydropower World Portal

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) have developed an interactive web platform which seeks to identify the world's small hydropower development status and its potential in different countries and regions by engaging with stakeholders to share information. Most of the available data on the website is extracted from the World Small Hydropower Development Report 2013 (WSHPDR 2013). The project represents a world-first compilation of global small hydropower data, and aims to be a crucial policy and investment guide for renewable energy provision through small hydropower.

Inauguration of the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca

Inauguration of the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca

Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Eng. Domingos Simões Pereira, and the ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Mr. Bangoura Morlaye, inaugurated on March 4 2015 the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca (SCEB).

The entry into service of SCEB will allow inhabitants of Bambadinca overcome the constraints in electricity access. Around 8.000 inhabitants will benefit from a
permanent supply of renewable energy, which is guaranteed by a innovative hybrid photovoltaic plant of 312 kW of power. This is the result of the project titled "Bambadinca Sta Claro", funded by the European Union, the Camões Language and Cooperation Institute,UNIDO and ECREEE, with the support of the Directorate General of Energy.

ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access

ECOWAS pioneers the first regional gender and energy policy

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would be setting a new benchmark, as far as gender equality and energy access goes, through its “ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access”. The Policy, which aims to address inequalities that exist in energy production and consumption, would be the first of its kind.

The “ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access” will commit the governments of the Member States to concrete actions that would address existing barriers that may hinder the equal participation of women and men in expanding energy access in West Africa and contribute to the success of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

The Policy is being developed by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the ECOWAS Department of Social Affairs and Gender, with the assistance of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)/Clean Energy Solutions Centre of the United States.

The Community Energy Service of Bambadinca starts the testing phase

The Community Energy Service of Bambadinca starts the testing phase

The project aims at providing the village of Bambadinca (region of Bafata, Guinea-Bissau) with a modern, reliable and accessible electricity service from renewable energy sources. In Bambadinca, NGO TESE sem fronteiras, is implementing this innovative project; "Bambadinca Sta Claro", where 6500 persons will receive energy from a large solar PV system, covering 15,000 m2, that will be producing 270 kW electric power. The electricity benefits both women and children, households, schools and local businesses. About 120 pilot customers started testing on15th November 2014 the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca (SCEB).

ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report

ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report

REN21 in cooperation with the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has just released a new report: The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report. The report provides a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. It enables policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions with regards to the diffusion of renewable energy. The 92-page report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.

The production of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report was supported by ECOWAS, UNIDO under the GEF Strategic Program for West Africa, The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the Austrian Development Agency. (ADA). Over 50 experts and reviewers from across the ECOWAS region and elsewhere contributed to the report’s content.

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