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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.

Africa Energy Outlook IEA Publication 2014

Africa Energy Outlook IEA Publication 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa' s energy sector can be improved to unlock a better life for its citizens.  This report, which has been produced and published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in October 2014, describes one of the most poorly understood parts of the global energy system, offers an authoritative study of its future prospects - broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region - and shows how investment in the sub-Saharan energy sector can stimulate rapid economic and social development across the region.

Biomass Waste-to-Energy Toolkit for Development Practitioners

Biomass Waste-to-Energy Toolkit for Development Practitioners

This document presents a toolkit that has been developed by SNVs REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme (REAP). With the purpose of supporting development practicioners this toolkit does not promote a one size fits all approach. But instead it provides practitioners a waste to energy project with a focus on the use of agricultural and forestry waste for the generation of electricity, by using technologies including combustion, gasification and anaerobic digestion.

The document has been developed under the REDD+ Program, and published by the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands.

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