In the first section Johannes Weber discussed with the participants the importance of the grounding of a solar system. Therefore, he covered the technical aspects of the configuration of the grounding and different types of grounding methods. Moreover, he explained the reconciliation of the grounding with the type of soil at the site of the solar system.
On November 27, 2017, various renewable energy stakeholders from private sector, public sector and donors gathered in Bella Casa hotel in Monrovia for the national workshop of the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP).
The Energising Development Program (EnDev) hosted a five-day training seminar from the 31st of July to the 4th of August 2017 on the designing, construction and testing of institutional stoves. The renowned international stove expert and kitchen designer, Food and Fuel consultant Christa Roth from Germany, was present at the GIZ/EnDev 100% Solar Office located adjacent to the Chinese Embassy on Congo Town Back Road, Liberia. She served as the trainer alongside the EnDev stove team as host.
In the first section of the workshop Johannes Weber explained the solar system installed at the GIZ/EnDev Office in Congo Town. He explained the technical changes they have implemented and their improvements for the running of the system.
On October 19, 2017 from 10am to 3pm the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) of America presented a Draft Mini-grid Code for Liberia to various energy stakeholders. The Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) facilitated the presentation in Monrovia.
NECRA, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), build the capacity of RREA. In this process it has developed a Draft Mini-grid Code for Liberia.
The document establishes technical, safety, quality of services and performance standards, etc., that will be required of applicants for electricity licenses for rural electrification. The document will be referred to the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) for their endorsement, as soon as LERC will be established.
Representatives of various stakeholders such as companies, donors, government agencies involved with rural electrification received the draft code, listened to the presentation and engaged with critical questions and suggestions. Topics discussed included Licensing for mini-grids, technical framework of planning and design, Mini-grid operations and interconnection as well as metering requirements and safety
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) with their joint Project Facility invite governmental, semi-governmental, private or non-governmental entities to apply with replicable, scalable and potentially transformative renewable energy projects in developing countries, including Liberia. Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2018.
The Renewable Energy Working Group for Liberia has been established by the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA). The second meeting for the group took place at the RREA on October 25, 2017.
The leading solar developer in Isreal, "Energiya Global," will invest $20 million USD in Liberia's renewable energy sector in the next four years. The investment is part of a $1 billion USD investment package to be done in ECOWAS by the state of Isreal to support and promote green energy in Africa.
Renewables Liberia, the new web platform for Liberia, was launched Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism in Monrovia by its Minister jointly with the Head of RREA and Representatives of the Ministry of Energy, EPA and other Ministries and a big audience.
The Energizing Development Program Liberia hosted a month of training workshops in SMA solar power systems. The program promotes sustainable access to modern energy services that meet the needs of the poor in a long-lasting, affordable, environmental and user-friendly way.
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 the EU and implemented by PLAN International and VOSIEDA, with technical support of GIZ/EnDev.