Mapping and Assessment of Existing Clean Energy Mini-Grid Experiences in West Africa

Mapping and Assessment of Existing Clean Energy Mini-Grid Experiences

The report “Mapping and Assessment of Existing Clean Energy Mini-Grid Experiences in West Africa” was released at the High-level Workshop on Energy Access in West Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Among other important issues discussed, the report provides orientation regarding financial schemes, management models and technology to face current energy challenges.

International hydropower conference Africa 2017

International hydropower conference Africa 2017
ECREEE and Poyry Energy GmbH presented GIS Hydropower Resource Mapping incl. Climate Change Scenarios in the international hydropower conference Africa 2017 on 15 March 2017 in Marrakech.
Participants coming from West Africa and from international organizations and private sector showed great interest in results of the mapping.

Pioneer projects on Pay-As-You-Go Solar Systems increase rural energy access in Senegal

Pioneer projects on Pay-As-You-Go Solar Systems increases rural energy access in Senegal

Pay-As-You-Go is increasingly being used as a mechanism for financing the purchase of small-scale RE technologies in West Africa, as well as facilitating payment for ongoing energy service by an energy producer or utility in ECOWAS developing countries. In Senegal, some pioneer projects have started offering consumers the ability to pre-pay for their energy, mitigating one of the main obstacles in providing solar technology to people from rural areas: their inability to meet stand-alone product costs, or to pay for service on an ongoing basis from either products or larger network-based solutions such as mini-grids.

ADFD and IRENA Announce Funding by ADFD of USD 44.5 million in Four Developing Countries including Niger

Four renewable energy projects in developing countries (Marshall Islands, Niger, Seychelles and Solomon Islands) have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to receive USD 44.5 million in funding. ADFD’s funding will support a diverse set of projects including a hybrid micro-grid project employing solar PV and advanced lithium-ion batteries, a hydropower project, integrated wind and solar, and a combination project consisting of micro-grid and solar home kits. The announcement of this fourth round of funding by the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility was made on January 14th at the Seventh Session of the IRENA Assembly.

International fair for Energy and Water organized in Benin- December 15-18, 2016

International fair for Energy and Water organized in Benin- December 15-18, 2016

The Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines of Benin is organizing the first edition of the Energy and Water International Exhibition of Benin (SIEEB), that will be held from 15th to 18th of December 2016 at the Congress Palace in Cotonou. With more than 50 stands, 10 speakers and training workshops, this exhibition promisses in innovation and demonstration for a better management of water and energy in Africa. It brings together water and energy production companies, equipment suppliers companies, instalation and maintenance companies, utilities, academia, investment and financing institutions and more stakeholders.This event sets a precedent for the professionals working in the energy and water sector to connect with all different stakeholders and to get knowledge of all different activities and innovative solutions that exists in the sector.

Senegal inaugurates a 20 MW solar power plant

Senergy 2 (Picture's source: GreenWish Partners)

Senegal officially launched on the 22nd of October 2016, a 20MW solar power plant (Senergy 2) in Bokho in the country’s north. Senergy 2 is part of a two-plant project and is set to provide electricity to around 160,000 people. It is an important step for a nation which is actively working for the inclusion of renewables in the energy mix. Currently Senegal meets most of its energy needs by using imported fossil fuels. According to the ECOWREX data portal, the electrification rate in 2016 is 90% for urban areas whereas it is 30% for rural areas. With this grid-connected solar plant, the member state makes a movement to become an example for renewable energy development in West Africa, a region that still lags behind in its development and use of the technology.