The Rally Town hospital is in Grand Cess, Grand Kru County, Liberia. The laboratory received more than 100-150 patients on a daily average. Electricity has been one of the biggest challenged at the laboratory, most of the test that was to be conducted at the laboratory was transferred to Barclayville hospital, the capital of Grand Kru County.

Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is today opening the Pre-Qualification stage of its first Call for Proposals (BGFA1) inviting off-grid energy companies to compete for results-based funding to bring clean, modern, and affordable energy to customers in peri-urban and rural areas of Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Zambia.

BGFA1 aims to incentivize off-grid energy companies to accelerate the establishment of new, long-term sustainable energy service subscriptions at scale. In total, some EUR 30 million is offered to qualified, private off-grid energy service providers under three different Country Programmes, with funding opportunities split into a number of Funding Windows and Funding Lots. The contract size is expected to be EUR 1 – 4 million, depending on the target country and individual needs.

GreenMax Capital Advisors released today a briefing report on the market assessment conducted for the launch of the Green4Access First Loss Facility. The assessment covered 83 companies and 37 Financial Institutions (FIs) across 21 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The main findings of the assessment are: 

  • Local FIs in Sub-Saharan Africa is willing to lend USD billions for energy access:   It is estimated that the total projected lending volume indicated by the interviewed local FIs would translate to at least roughly US$6 billion in lending by local FIs throughout Sub-Saharan Africa – a significant contribution to the energy access financing gap.
  • Local FIs require credit support and technical assistance for off-grid lending:  The vast majority of both FIs and locally owned off grid companies identified high collateral requirements and collateral inadequacy as a key barrier hindering financing. A majority of locally-owned off-grid companies also pointed out local FIs’ lack of understanding of the off-grid sector, high cost of debt and lack of long-term funds as major funding challenges.
  • The first loss cash reserve will lead to increased lending and reduction in collateral requirements:  FIs indicated that a first loss cash reserve will result in a 53% increase in projected off-grid lending volumes and a 42% reduction in collateral requirements on average. A first loss facility can also to some extent increase the tenor of loans. 
  • Locally-owned off-grid companies unable to access capital could be the main beneficiaries: 56 African-owned off-grid companies surveyed indicated an actionable deal pipeline of $269 million. Unlocking local currency lending from local commercial banks will be crucial to meet the needs of these locally-owned companies, which are well positioned to serve last-mile customers but have been largely unsuccessful in accessing external capital from international sources. 

Green4Acess (G4A) is a new first loss facility developed by Green Max in partnership with the UK NGO, Energy4Impact. The G4A First Loss Facility will be primarily focused on supporting FIs to accelerate local currency lending to energy access enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa via its cash deposit product. The G4A cash deposit product will provide first loss protection for up to 20% of losses in newly originated portfolios of energy access loans. The Facility is planned to be launched in 2021 with an initial capitalization of US$50 million. The design and development of the G4A facility are being supported by seed funding from the multi-donor platform – Partnerships for Green Growth (P4G).

The full report can be downloaded here

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During the last days of September and the first days of October, a  9.3kW/ 11.6 Kva Solar System has been installed at the F.J. Grante hospital laboratory in Greenville City, Sinoe County. The installation was done through GIZ/EnDev under the GIZ health project.

Biomedical technicians at the hospital will now be able to use all their equipment such as: Centrifuge, Microscope, Chemistry Analyzer, Bunsen burner, Baker, Buchner funnels. These tools needed for diagnoses have not been used for a long period of time due to electricity problems.

The 30 panels with 310Watt of add up to 9,300 watts or 9.3Kwp total watt peak of the solar system. When divided by the power factor of 0.8, this will equal to 11,625 kilo volt per ampere, or 11.6kva in generator size.

EnDev Senior installation technician Mr. Momo Torkson trained lab technicians, Biomedical supervisor and administrators in good use and maintenance of the solar system.

Dr. Alexander P: Tokpah, Medical Director at the Francis J Grant Memorial Hospital promised to ensure proper operation and maintenance of the system, and appreciated the GIZ/EnDev installation team for their efforts. He warned electricians to stop illegal connections in other parts of the hospital that will shorten the life of the system and promised to take drastic action against anyone caught in such act.

Gerald and Victor, two students of the Stella Maris University electrical engineering department had worked and learned during the installation of the system. Both students had transported themselves to Greenville City, Sinoe County, Liberia to acquire knowledge in installing a bigger solar system. They appreciated Mr. Torkson and his team for the knowledge they obtained during the SMA system installation.

 


 

 

To reduce the problem of deforestation and to fight against the global outcry for climate change, GIZ/EnDev introduced the Red Fire Pot to the local coal pot producers in Liberia. The Red Fire Pot (RFP) is an improved cookstove that was introduced and promoted on the Liberia market by local coal pot/stove producers that were trained by GIZ/EnDev to produce and sell the product. Two different sizes have been designed for household cooking in Liberia, (the medium and the small).

Dear Partners,

ACE TAF is at the forefront of promoting the use of stand-alone solar as a cost-effective way to provide clean energy to millions of households across Africa that do not have access. Many of these households are also low income or vulnerable.

To ensure that the products that reach them are good quality and durable, ACE TAF is working with governments, development partners and the private sector for the adoption of quality standards across sub-Saharan Africa, and that countries have the capacity to enforce quality verification processes to safeguard consumers.  ACE TAF is championing the adoption of the recently launched International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards which define the quality and durability specifications of solar products as well as requirements for truth in advertising.

Working with our strategic partners IFC Lighting Global, ACE TAF has developed a video which demonstrates the burden of sub-standard solar products on consumers in Africa. This video “Lighting Mumbi's Dream - The Burden of Poor Quality Solar Products”  is a tool to create awareness and to promote the sale of only good quality solar products on the continent. Help us spread the word on how we all can play a role in improving access to affordable solar solutions. Watch and share widely among other industry stakeholders.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_4_geHh3cU

Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is today opening the Pre-Qualification stage of its first Call for Proposals (BGFA1) inviting off-grid energy companies compete for results-based funding to bring clean, modern and affordable energy to customers in peri-urban and rural areas of Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Zambia.

BGFA1 aims to incentivized off-grid energy companies to accelerate the establishment of new, long-term sustainable energy service subscriptions at scale. In total, some EUR 30 million is offered to qualified, private off-grid energy service providers under three different Country Programs, with funding opportunities split into a number of Funding Windows and Funding Lots. The contract size is expected to be EUR 1 – 4 million, depending on the target country and individual needs.

“We are pleased to launch the first stage of this first Call for Proposals under the planned expansion of the BGFA program in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia. The market scoping confirmed that BGFA funding is bridging a critical financing gap for off-grid energy companies to engage in bringing access to energy to customers living in non-urban areas in these three countries. We anticipate active participation in the call and encourage interested energy companies to register on the online system to learn more and start preparing their applications,” commented Helle Lindegaard, Vice President, Head of the BGFA Unit at NEFCO (the Facility Manager). Read More here.

We’re happy to invite you to join us on a technical webinar on the topic of “Lightning and Surge Protection for Photovoltaic Systems”.
In this session, we’ll familiarize you with the residential and utility systems and the importance of lightning protection, from both commercial and technical aspects.
 
We’ll discuss the risk assessments, mitigation procedures and the insurability of the installation You can also expect a thorough analyze of different risk factors based on the lightning flash density, installation type, climatic region.

 
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM GMT
Where: Online - Webinar

 

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Every six months, GOGLA and The World Bank Group's Lighting Global program publish the Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report, a market intelligence series on sales and impact of off-grid solar lighting products, sold by GOGLA and Lighting Global affiliates. Since H2 2018, the report also includes sales numbers of off-grid appliances, in partnership with the Efficiency for Access Coalition.

January - June 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report

  • The off-grid solar sector is playing an essential role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Solar home systems and efficient appliances are keeping the lights on in health centers, powering local businesses and helping families stay connected and informed.

In Gbediah Town Timbo District, River Cess County, a new hospital is under construction. GIZ/EnDev supported Welthungerhilfe to temporarily install an 11.75kW Solar System that will help the people who coordinate and work towards completing the hospital.

The construction of new cocoa dryers is playing a very important role in the cocoa sector in Liberia because it increases the value of the cocoa bean when it comes to quality. In this light, Atlantic Cocoa Incorporated, one of the biggest cocoas bean buying and exporting companies in Liberia has built one big cocoa tunnel dryer at its warehouse located in Careysburg lower Montserrado County.

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