In August 2018, ECREE published the "Regional Progress Report on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access in ECOWAS region".

Alternative Energy has been assigned  to install several solar installations by Mercy Corps for a EU funded project. The project started in early 2018 and finished in June of this year. 

In total Alternative Energy installed solar panels in more than 80 private homes in four villages in rural Montserrado   (Isaac Mulbal town, Back Camp, Block Pad and Cattoes town) . 

In two office buildings in Monrovia, the Deutsche Gesellschaf fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) projects enjoy solar electricity without interruptions. While Energizing Development (EnDev) project has been using solar power since May 2015, GIZ health projects have started in April 2018.

As GIZ staff in this video explain, using solar energy has various advantages.  It is not only friendly for the environment, saving CO2 emissions, it is also nice for the employees who don’t hear noise of a generator or smell the unhealthy smoke. Also, it can also save money on the long run.

 

The 18th of July 2018 marks the 100th birthday anniversary of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa.  Mandela spent 27 of his formative years in prison for engaging in the quest for equality and freedom through peaceful means.  He served as an example for the whole world to overcome injustice and hatred.

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa on this day dedicated a solar system to light up the Great Commission Orphanage in Gardnesville.

PAYNESVILLE, Montserrado – Mercy Corps has graduated 169 students from its Light Up Liberia program in collaboration with GIZ EnDev, a four-month technical and vocational training program in renewable energies. These 169 students comprise of students from the Monrovia vocational training center, Booker Washington Institute, and Stella Maris Polytechnic which is apart of the four TVETS for the pilot phase of the curriculum development component of  Light up Liberia.

Cleaning is essential for running and maintaining the solar system:

Especially, in the dry season the solar system operator or manager has to clean the panels once every week! Because, anything that accumulates dirt on them (e.g. dust or pollen), needs to be removed. However, in the rainy season, but only when the rain is very strong, it washes the dirt off the panels as well. That is why you have to clean your Panels less frequently, but still once every month!

Five days of ICT4Renewables training ended successfully on June 29th, 2018at the EnDev office, led by ICT expert and ICT4Renewavles developer Hamza Zbidi. Participants from Ministries, NGOs, EnDev and the private sector learned about EnDev-Collect App, EnDevCarto mapping tool, www.renewables-liberia.info web portal and Renewables Liberia social media – the information and communication technology (ICT) tools of the ICT4Renewables toolbox.

The Trust Savings Credit Union (TSCU) has started to sell solar lanterns and small solar home systems in Ganta, Tappita, Saclepea and Karnplay. All members who have a savings account can pay the solar light in installments. Some of the seven different solar products were sold out on the first day after the sales started in April 2018.

There are many different types and designs of clean cookstoves all over the world to serve the particular conditions in different countries. The Red Fire Pot (RFP) is the clean cookstove designed for the Liberian cooking habits by the EnDev project. You find the RFP in Monrovia here.

On May 28, 2018, the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the African Energy Commission (AFREC) conducted a one week intensive training on Energy Statistics, focusing on Energy Efficiency and data collection. 

On June 1st 2018 the Super Morning radio talk show reported the Gbarzon Health Center in Grand Gedeh County to be “in complete darkness“.  When hearing this, Freeman K. Godu, technical coordinator at GIZ/Energizing Development (EnDev) Project, remembered that in 2013 this very health facility had received a solar system with the capacity of  750 W, installed by the Medical Emergency Relief International (MERLIN). 

From April 26 to 28, the first Grand Bassa Trade and Investment Conference took place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa. Business people had come from more than seven countries to learn about conditions in Liberia and explore possibilities for investing in Grand Bassa.

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