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!
On April 20, 2018, the development institution Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) Informed renewable energy stakeholders about the upcoming Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies in sub-Saharan Africa (REACT SSA) competition.
The Liberia National Investment Commission together with the Ministry of Finance provides incentives for businesses to reduce costs for setting up or expanding businesses to attract investment in specific sectors, including the energy sector. Businesses from other eligible sectors could also get tax deductions for solar electrification or other renewable energy assets.
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.
Since April 2017 Josephine Kantan works as solar operator at Phebe Hospital in Bong county, Liberia. She also continues to be in charge of the Diesel generator there. Josephine Kantan visited the recent EnDev workshop series for solar experts at the GIZ Health Project in Congo Town from the 27.03.2018-29.03.2018. The Renewables-Liberia Team used the opportunity to do an interview with her as she is one of a few women working in the power sector of Liberia.
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.
In order to make cooking easier with an improved institutional cook stove for example for school and other institutions in Liberia, and also to reduce deforestation in the country; GIZ/EnDev has produced a prototype of an institutional rocket stove commonly called ‘’Kpoh stove" which means group stove.
In April 2018 EnDev/GIZ will install 100 new solar suitcases in health facilities in Liberia for the Ministry of Health. The solar suitcases are portable power units developed from We Care Solar for the health sector to improve the working conditions for the staff and the quality of the health care (lightening births and surgical procedures, etc.).
A new type of solar dryers has been introduced to Liberia, using bamboo instead of wood. From April 18 through April 20, 2018, solar dryer specialist Saiwoe Y. Varpilah, rattan Specialist Edward N. Borsay and EnDev-Liberia staff : T. Jeke S. Fassuwu, Joseph Forte, Charles Ellis and Daniel Y. Partee have built two different models of solar dryers at the EnDev office in Congo Town: a Table and house or tank dryers with measurement 2m x 4m and 2m x 3m respectively. Anyone interested is invited to come and test use these dryers for agricultural produce.
Security is a problem at TOTAL filling stations when it gets dark. As source of electricity, the filling stations are using diesel generators. After 10:00pm, the generators are switched off to safe fuel, leaving the filling stations in total darkness.
EnDev/GIZ and TOTAL Liberia signed a MoU to install solar systems at three TOTAL filling stations. The new systems, that were installed at the end of 2017, provide light and security is now improved.
For the future, it is planned to install solar systems at another 27 filling stations in cooperation with the private sector.