Promoting Solar Products and Services

Overview

The World Bank and ECREEE have designed the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP) to increase access to sustainable electricity services in the ECOWAS region and 4 Sahel countries for household, commercial enterprises and public facilities.

The nation-wide campaign Light Every Birth aims to ensure that all health facilities where women give birth at night have (solar) lights and provides the We Care Solar suitcase to many facilities. This initiative is funded by UNDESA, UBS Optimus Foundation, Gilead Foundation and private donors. Further contributions include installations of solar suitcases done by UN Women, GIZ/Energising Development (EnDev), Africare, Public Health Initiative Liberia (PHIL) and UNICEF.

The EU funded Light Up Liberia Program implemented by Mercy Corps aims to strengthen the solar market with support for marketing, networking and access to finance. Another component aims to implement solar pico-grids.

   

Various vendors sell small solar products (Pico PV) such as solar lanterns or small solar home systems. Most are for providing light while many also have the capacity to charge phones. Some of those lamps come from neighboring countries and/or include cheap some low-quality products. However, more and more solar retailers or sales agents who organize themselves in the Liberia Energy Access Practitioner (LEAP) Network offer certified lighting global products.