Renewables Liberia is primarily supported by GIZ/EnDev, the Rural Renewable Energy Agency, the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy of Liberia and Mercy Corps. You learn more about each entity below.
The Energizing Development Program (EnDev) is an Energy Access Partnership commissioned by the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ) and financed by seven donor countries. EnDev operates in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the main objective to improve the access to sustainable, affordable energy for everybody.
EnDev Liberia started its work in 2012 and collaborates with RREA and other partners on building structures for renewable energy markets in Liberia. This includes supporting solar installations for social institutions (schools, health facilities), promoting improved cooking technologies as well as strengthening the markets for pico PV products and cocoa solar dryers. EnDev hosts trainings and feasibility studies, assists with solar installations and collaborates in marketing and sales efforts for energy products.
You can find out more about EnDev on its stakeholder page here.
In January 2010, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued Executive Order No. 23 establishing Liberia’s Rural & Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), and the Rural Energy Fund (REFUND), to bring modern energy services to Liberia’s rural areas. With the help of the REFUND, which is now being physically set up, the RREA will administer electrification to rural areas through renewable and least-cost energy technologies and resources, including micro-hydro power plants, small biomass power plants, solar photovoltaic applications, and other mini-grid and stand-alone systems.
Beginning May 2010, a number of pilot activities have been launched, including the bidding for a micro-hydro power plant development for Lofa County and solar applications for some of the larger rural towns elsewhere in Liberia.
The RREA will work with the communities to discuss their needs and opportunities for such projects. The RREA will also work closely with Liberia’s private sector and community developers to investigate how these entities can be encouraged to bring electricity to the rural areas. In addition to training and outreach, the RREA is expected to provide financial support such as grants, subsidies and loan guarantees to rural communities and the private sector.
The Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy (MLME) was established by a legislative act to administer all activities relative to land, mineral, water and energy resource exploration, coordination and development in the Republic of Liberia.
In adherence to its statutory mandate, the Ministry formulates and implements policies and regulations in collaboration with other sector related agencies for the delivery of efficient services to the public from the land, mineral, water and energy sectors. In addition, MLME supports the mineral industry by providing it with valuable information about Liberia’s geology. It also delivers and administers Liberia's Mining Act to improve the investment climate for mineral development.
You can find out more about the MLME on its stakeholder page here.
Mercy Corps is an international development organization that works in almost 50 countries worldwide. Founded more than three decades ago, Mercy Corps has helped people around the world survive from the toughest of hardship with interventions turning crises situations into opportunities.
Mercy Corps has a mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build just, secure and productive communities. The organization supports post-Ebola economic recovery, lifts families out of poverty and drives transformative social change. It also improves public health and hygiene, empowers youth and strengthens livelihoods of families in rural, impoverished areas.
You can find out more about Mercy Corps on its stakeholder page here.