On Friday, October 1, 2021, Alphanson Gaykpawa and Jacob B. Kawala visited the office of the GIZ/Energising Development Programme. The two technicians are from a newly established private-sector group called 24/7 Power. Jacob B. Kawala head of the team said that their visit to the office was to get more details and understanding of what a technician told him. Abel J.W. Troyah from EnDev told them about the EnDev Collect application and the e-learning with GIZ/EnDev.

Mr. Kawala, also told Abel J.W. Troyah and Robert Menworleh the IT & Communication office of GIZ/EnDev that his team has an interest in using the EnDev collect app and will also encourage his teammate to be a part of the e-learning with GIZ/EnDev. He also said that his team will need more training on the EnDev collect app and will write GIZ/EnDev to conduct training for his technicians on Basic Solar Installation. According to Jacob, if EnDev can help provide such training, it will enhance his group to do a better solar installation in and around Liberia.

24/7 Technician along with GIZ/EnDev Staff

Mr. Menworleh told the two technicians the importance of using the EnDev collect application and the e-learning platform, he encouraged Alphanson and Jacob to take this into their hands as we move forward in the world of renewable energies. The ICT officer created an account for the two technicians for both platforms. Mr. Troyah told the technicians what makes it important to collect data using the EnDev collect application, he also told them that their work will be seen on the website with a map, and donates and others can see what they have done. He also told them that the e-learning platform will enhance their learning.

Alphanson Gaykpawa, a technician from 24/7 Power expressed his thanks and appreciation to GIZ/Energising Development Programme for such a great initiative, for Liberians and other countries that they are working with. Mr Gaykpawa, also assured that he will do more publicity about the good work of EnDev around the work. And their group will fully use the EnDev collect application and will also be a part of the e-learning classes.

The EU and AFD are launching the Digital Energy Challenge, which will run for four years with an annual Call for Projects. The objective of the Challenge is to support the development of innovative solutions for energy access, the integration of renewable energy, and utility performance improvement.

A team of GIZ/EnDev staff comprising of Ali Toma Mohammed (Country Project/Program Manager GIZ/EnDev, Sierra Leone), Freeman K. Godu (Technical Project Coordinator, GIZ/EnDev Liberia), Daniel Koroma (Technician and Maintenance Officer, GIZ/EnDev Sierra Leone),
Sorie Kamara (Technical Driver, GIZ/EnDev Liberia) has concluded an eight (8) day monitoring and assessment visit in Lofa County, Liberia.

WiRE Liberia, a group of female technicians in the renewable energy sector held four days of training to empower women in becoming productive in society, help reduce poverty and qualify them as solar technicians. The training ran from July 27–30, 2021 with two women's groups from the WiRE Liberia Bong and Nimba Chapters.

During the training the women received basic knowledge in small solar systems installation, Safety and Usage of Tools, Using the Digital Multi-meter, Measuring voltage and current, and computing power.   They received basic practical training to install the solar panels on the roof, assemble and connect the batteries, and connect charge controllers and inverters for solar systems ranging between 100 to 200 watts.

At the end of the training, the women's groups requested the German Cooperation Energizing Development (GIZ/EnDev) to conduct more training for them and to make available some tools and materials to strengthen their skills. They also expressed interest in EnDev’s Improved Cook Stoves and institutional stove which reduces the use of charcoal and wood.

The African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is excited to launch a US$1.2 million Innovation Fund.

The fund aims to unlock innovations that accelerate access to clean cooking and productive use of energy solutions in seven African Countries; Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

As a key player in Africa’s Renewable Energy sector, we would like to invite you to a webinar on Thursday, 18th March from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EAT where we shall officially launch the fund and the call for applications.

To register for the webinar, click here

We look forward to having you join our session.

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.

The Green People’s Energy for Africa's Small Projects Fund offers financial support to initiatives led by nonprofit organizations in the field of decentralized renewable energy. The Fund can enable small projects and contribute to realizing project ideas located in sub-Saharan Africa that contribute to sustainable development. The Fund is looking for concrete solutions based on an identified local need. The expected impact and likely success of the proposed solutions to overcome social, ecological, and/or economic challenges in the energy sector will be analyzed by an assessment committee. A specific focus is sustainable, meaning benefits pursued in the framework of the project’s timeframe shall continue beyond implementation. Additional thematic priorities are on training, productive uses of energy, electrification of social infrastructure, and partnerships.

There is a difference between speaking about battery storage from a theoretical perspective and actually considering commercially available realistic options available to your project today. This webinar focuses on exploring the best solutions today; considering the technological, financial and durability limitations offered by the different manufacturers.

PV PPA prices have dramatically decreased over the past few months. This new competitive edge strengthens PV´s position as a generator in the future. However, as more renewable energy is integrated in the grid, an increasing number of tenders are calling for an energy storage option.

  • Review all energy storage options that fit within the needs and constraints of PV projects and that are available at scale
  • Understand the characteristics and trade-offs of each of the technology options, and the value of the integrator of the project
  • Hear real case studies of a PV with batteries and how they overcame their challenges to maximize performance

In Bopulu and other towns and villages of Gbarpolu county, people have started to use solar power to bring light to their homes and businesses. James S. Togbah has a little shop in Bopulu and is an agent for Lib Solar. In March 2020, Lib Solar came to Gbarpolu, did an advertisement for solar products, and brought some Pico PV products from d. light.

                                                            Victron Energy & BOS AG Off-Grid solar system partner webinar

Together with our technology partner, Victron Energy, we are conducting a 3 series of webinars to help you design off-grid solar home systems.

Part 1: Load assessment, site consideration, and system conceptualization.
Part 2: System sizing and component selection.
Part 3: Monitoring and maintaining your system.

Part 1: Load assessment, site consideration, and system conceptualization.

Date: 11.03.2021 | Time: 10:00 AM CET (UTC+01: 00) | Duration: 30 min

Presenter: Bob Hopmann (Victron Energy), Sean LePoidevin (BOS AG)

One of the most under looked tasks of implementing a solar off-grid system is load assessment and analyzing solar input considering the site radiation. Wrong calculation or missing vital inputs will lead to either oversizing or under-sizing the system. Either it is too expensive or unreliable. This webinar will show you how to load assessment, what to consider from the site, and finally, how to build a solar specification with these inputs.

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.