On October 19, 2017 from 10am to 3pm the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) of America presented a Draft Mini-grid Code for Liberia to various energy stakeholders. The Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) facilitated the presentation in Monrovia.
NECRA, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), build the capacity of RREA. In this process it has developed a Draft Mini-grid Code for Liberia.
The document establishes technical, safety, quality of services and performance standards, etc., that will be required of applicants for electricity licenses for rural electrification. The document will be referred to the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) for their endorsement, as soon as LERC will be established.
Representatives of various stakeholders such as companies, donors, government agencies involved with rural electrification received the draft code, listened to the presentation and engaged with critical questions and suggestions. Topics discussed included Licensing for mini-grids, technical framework of planning and design, Mini-grid operations and interconnection as well as metering requirements and safety
Too many Liberian women die or lose their child while giving birth. To ensure that midwifes in rural Grand Gedeh have light when women come to their small facilities at night, solar technicians from GIZ/EnDev visited health facilities and repaired or installed solar systems.
The Renewable Energy Working Group for Liberia has been established by the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA). The second meeting for the group took place at the RREA on October 25, 2017.
The leading solar developer in Isreal, "Energiya Global," will invest $20 million USD in Liberia's renewable energy sector in the next four years. The investment is part of a $1 billion USD investment package to be done in ECOWAS by the state of Isreal to support and promote green energy in Africa.
Between April 15 and May 15, 2017, consultant Saiwoe Y. Varpilah, funded by ACDI/VOCA, collaborated with two cooperatives in the Quandu Gboni District in Lofa County towards the construction of 30 solar dryers. GIZ/EnDev had previously trained community members on how to build the table model dryer and provided the imported greenhouse plastic foil for the dryers.
The Energizing Development Program Liberia hosted a month of training workshops in SMA solar power systems. The program promotes sustainable access to modern energy services that meet the needs of the poor in a long-lasting, affordable, environmental and user-friendly way.
In June 2017, five remote communities in Lofa receive a solar power plant and mini-grids as part of the project "Light Up Our Futures," funded by the EU and implemented by PLAN International and VOSIEDA, with technical support of GIZ/EnDev.
The Energising Development Program (EnDev) hosted a five-day training seminar from the 31st of July to the 4th of August 2017 on the designing, construction and testing of institutional stoves. The renowned international stove expert and kitchen designer, Food and Fuel consultant Christa Roth from Germany, was present at the GIZ/EnDev 100% Solar Office located adjacent to the Chinese Embassy on Congo Town Back Road, Liberia. She served as the trainer alongside the EnDev stove team as host.
On April 28, 2017, during the quarterly meeting of the Liberia Energy Access Practioner (LEAP) network, Mercy Corps announced the three best performing solar retailers for the first quarter of 2017. It was the first time that this quarterly award based on the sales figures was given out. The best retailer of the year 2017 will receive a motorbike.
The first containers have arrived with the material for the solar electrification of five communities in Lofa. This EU-funded project “Light Up our Future” is implemented by PLAN International and VOSIEDA, with technical support of GIZ/EnDev, and the Laos-based company Sunlabob being in charge of the installation. On May 1, 2017, the engineer from Sunlabob discussed details of logistics and implementation with PLAN Liberia and GIZ/EnDev.