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New spatial layer on Clean Energy Mini-grids available on the ECOWREX Spatial Data Infrastracture

Operational Clean Energy Minigrids in West Africa

The ECOWREX Spatial Data Infrastracture counts now with a new spatial layer which contains the operational Clean Energy Mini-grids in the ECOWAS region. The layer is available for visualization and download in the map viewer.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR HOUSEHOLDS in Ghana

Energy Foundation Ghana - Energy Efficiency for Households in Ghana

The Energy Foundation is the lead agency in a project with the GIZ, Energy Commission, ECG and Ministry of Energy to assist select households and SMEs on practical steps they could take to improve on their energy efficiency and reduce their energy cost. As the third component of the joint C-SIREA programme, the ‘Energy Efficiency for Households/SMEs’ project will focus on best practices that can help increase energy efficiency at homes. The Energy Efficiency for Households/SMEs Project will generally provide advisory support to end-users of electricity.

Senegal inaugurates its fourth Solar PV Plant

Ten Merina Solar PV plant (image source: Proparco)

In January 2018 Senegal has inaugurated its fourth grid connected PV plant. The project is located in Mérina Ndakhar and has an installed capacity of 30MW. With the commissioning of this plant, the ECOWAS member state counts now with 104 MW of solar grid connected installed capacity, thus contributing to achieve the national target of producing the 30% of the electricity by using renewable energy resources by 2020. The energy produced by the solar plant will be bought by the national utility, Senelec.

New Solar Dryers in Lofa Country, Liberia

New Solar Dryers in Lofa Country, Liberia

In 2017, a consultant activity funded by ACDI/VOCA, collaborated with two cooperatives in the Quandu Gboni District in Lofa County in Liberia towards the construction of 30 solar dryers.  GIZ/EnDev had previously trained community members on how to build the table model dryer and provided the imported greenhouse plastic foil for the dryers.

Renewables Liberia Information Website

Renewables Liberia Information Website

Renewables Liberia (RL) is an online destination for news, data and relevant contacts in the renewable energy sector in Liberia. Launched in 2017, RL was founded to provide those interested in renewable energy in Liberia a space to network, share developments and examine impact in the field. Supported by various stakeholders, RL is spearheaded by the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency-Liberia and Energising Development (EnDev), an Energy Access Partnership commissioned by the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ) and financed by seven donor countries. All stakeholders of renewable energies in Liberia are invited to explore the platform and contribute current relevant information.

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.

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