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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.

Introduction Webinar to the ECOWREX Spatial Data Infrastructure on 10th August - in French

Introduction Webinar to the ECOWREX Spatial Data Infrastructure on 10th August - in French

The ECOWREX Spatial Data Infrastructure is the section on the ECOWAS Observatory for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECOWREX) that contains spatial data and applications for sustainable energy planning and data sharing. Released in 2016 by ECREEE, the ECOWREX SDI offers ECOWREX users a platform to explore, visualize, extract, download and share geospatial information. This 60 minutes webinar will be conducted in French and will introduce the ECOWREX SDI and its contents to potential stakeholders in charge of energy planning in ECOWAS member states.

Inaugurated in Senegal the largest solar PV plant in West Africa

Inaugurated in Senegal the largest solar PV plant in West Africa

The Santhiou Mékhé solar PV plant in the community of Thies in Senegal was inagurated on 29th June 2017 being at the moment the largest solar PV plant in West Africa, with 30MW of installed capacity. After the inauguration of the Senergy 2 solar plant (20 MW) and the Malicounda PV plant (22 MW) in October and November 2016, this plant represents the third grid-connected PV plant commisioned in the ECOWAS member state in less than one year. With a cost of 41 millions of €, the plant is supposed to supply electricity to 200,000 households of the country and add a significant bit to guide Senegal to achieve 20% of electricity production through the use of renewable energies by end of 2017.

World Bank Interactive Applications to support energy planning and monitoring and evaluation

World Bank Applications to support energy planning and monitoring and evaluation

The World Bank recently released the ENERGYDATA.INFO platform with the aim of making open data and analytics on the energy sector increasingly available. Among different sections and datasets, the platform has a specific entry with interactive applications to support energy plannig, rural elecrification and monitoring and evaluation activities. Users have access to different tools, among which it could be highlighted under our special focus in West Africa: the Africa Electricity Grid Explorer, the Off-grid Market Opportunities application, the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy, the Global Tracking Framework application, Electrification Paths and Climatescope.

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