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.
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 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.
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.
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.