Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is today opening the Pre-Qualification stage of its first Call for Proposals (BGFA1) inviting off-grid energy companies compete for results-based funding to bring clean, modern and affordable energy to customers in peri-urban and rural areas of Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Zambia.

BGFA1 aims to incentivized off-grid energy companies to accelerate the establishment of new, long-term sustainable energy service subscriptions at scale. In total, some EUR 30 million is offered to qualified, private off-grid energy service providers under three different Country Programs, with funding opportunities split into a number of Funding Windows and Funding Lots. The contract size is expected to be EUR 1 – 4 million, depending on the target country and individual needs.

“We are pleased to launch the first stage of this first Call for Proposals under the planned expansion of the BGFA program in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia. The market scoping confirmed that BGFA funding is bridging a critical financing gap for off-grid energy companies to engage in bringing access to energy to customers living in non-urban areas in these three countries. We anticipate active participation in the call and encourage interested energy companies to register on the online system to learn more and start preparing their applications,” commented Helle Lindegaard, Vice President, Head of the BGFA Unit at NEFCO (the Facility Manager). Read More here.

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Energising Development is launching a new COVID-19 impact survey focusing on the off-grid industry, this time undertook as part of a bigger consortium, which EnDev is leading. The process is being organized on the GIZ-side (Philipp Waigel, myself), and we were able to build on the learning experience from RVO during the first survey-round.

The reasoning for this second survey: We would like to better understand how things are moving on the ground, what has changed (for better or worse), and come up with a more global picture of the COVID-19 impacts on the industry. This should enable us to advocate for a global and systemic response, which is still missing in the various international fora.

In Gbediah Town Timbo District, River Cess County, a new hospital is under construction. GIZ/EnDev supported Welthungerhilfe to temporarily install an 11.75kW Solar System that will help the people who coordinate and work towards completing the hospital.

The construction of new cocoa dryers is playing a very important role in the cocoa sector in Liberia because it increases the value of the cocoa bean when it comes to quality. In this light, Atlantic Cocoa Incorporated, one of the biggest cocoas bean buying and exporting companies in Liberia has built one big cocoa tunnel dryer at its warehouse located in Careysburg lower Montserrado County.

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, various stakeholders of the private and renewable energy (RE) sector in Liberia met for the Integrated Forum for Renewable Energy in Liberia (IFREL), this month held at DKT International office in the Devin's House, Airfield Shortcut Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia.

During the meeting, the agenda item and discussion point were presented by Robert Menworleh and he also elaborated on information sharing that which have to do with job opportunity and project activities update for it to be published on the Renewables Liberia web portal.

Mr. Menworleh gives an overview of an important menu of the web portal explaining how it provides opportunities for individuals or interested groups in the renewable energy sector. He encouraged stakeholders to keep checking on the web portal for job opportunities and e-learning materials.

During the meeting, stakeholders were focusing on a few discussion points (topic) as below per group.

Group1:

Topic: Imagine a digital Marketplace. How could that look like, what should be possible to benefit you and other stakeholders in the Sector?

On the above topic below were points highlighted:

  • Building and designing an interactive web portal
  • Sharing achievement on the web portal
  • The e-learning should have a search menu for opportunities
  • To make this process workable there should be training on the use of the web portal
  • The fast expansion of business Advertisement online if you have a digital marketplace
  • Companies in RE being able to share their commodities online among others.

Group 2:

Topic: Imagine getting things and E-learning opportunities on your smartphone. What would you wish to learn, and how? Think of all your training and learning experiences. What is important for you to stay motivated, learn, and benefit from what you have learned?

On the above topic below were points highlighted:

  • How to create a study community for renewable energy
  • Programs to help monitor Renewable Equipment
  • Want to know the technology and application of Renewable Energy
  • Access to clear information on Renewable Energy
  • Create training on renewable energy
  • Needs easy access to Apps to help the e-learning move smoothly
  • Experience Sharing among others
  • Awareness to RE was pointed out as very important

With regards to benefits, the group cited Empowerment, Experience, Application of Knowledge within Communities and Business Model.

Group 3:

Topic: What have been your experiences with EnDev Collect App (Renewables Web-Portal)? If you have used them. What did you like? What is Useful, what should be changed? Same with Web- Portal.

On the above topic below were points highlighted:

  • Convenient in collecting data and sharing information
  • Enables you to do monitoring of System within and not going out on the field
  • It serves as a data link for renewable energy stakeholders
  • Members of the group point out that they did not know about App and will have an interest in having the App for data collection.

About the web portal, the group pointed out that it is very useful because it shares information and about renewable happening within the country and make it easy to have access to a renewable energy job opportunity.

During the meeting, Christiana T. Wayon a representative from Top Consulting, Inc, said that the Renewables Liberia web portal is important because it has stakeholder’s information in the renewable energy (RE) sector in Liberia. She told other stakeholders that awareness of climate change should be the next target because it affects our health and RE is the way forward.

Mr. Joshua G. Kangar of Easy Solar Liberia told stakeholders that Easy Solar is now in Liberia and in search of potential people to work for the institution and they installed over 300 solar home systems in Liberia, working to install more as they anticipate new staff on board. Mr. Joshua said using the app is key because he as a Finance Manager of his institution can set in his office and know how many dollars had been collected in the field. He said he was impressed to see young students that are studying electricity and electronics that have to do with energy within the meeting and encouraged participants of the IFREL to create a space for these students to carry out practical as they go about their study. Mr. Kangar also said it is very important to have e-learning that will empower students and other professionals to enhance study in the renewable energy field.

Lily Saab a representative from the Liberia Solar and Satellite Service Provider said that her institution in December of last year graduated students in the installation and maintenance of solar, satellite, and CCT camera. She added that the institute is working with other organizations to create internships for their graduates.

Are Obasemue from the Archant Assistant group elaborated that e-learning is one of the greatest approaches for renewable energy to be preached and there should be a system set up to capture the thief on renewable energy systems in Liberia?

Mr. Johnson Nanlee of the Ministry of Mines and Energy spoke on the validation documents of a financing opportunity of Businesses in the Renewable Energy Sector. He said that he will send out the documents to RE stakeholders to make necessary comments before sending it out. According to Mr. Nanlee, he said that Liberia is lacking behind because stakeholders do not respond to documents quickly, he also encouraged attendees of the meeting to send their feedback.

In conclusion, stakeholders of the meeting that was held at the DKT international office in Monrovia are impressing to have a digital marketplace where they can learn about different types of renewable energy. The stakeholders pledged to support the digital marketplace with information. They are concerned about training people about e-learning and impress to have the EnDev collect App as a tool to collect data which is easy and will continue to support the renewable energy sector through the IFREL meeting.

 

GreenMax Capital Advisors released today a briefing report on the market assessment conducted for the launch of the Green4Access First Loss Facility. The assessment covered 83 companies and 37 Financial Institutions (FIs) across 21 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The main findings of the assessment are: 

  • Local FIs in Sub-Saharan Africa is willing to lend USD billions for energy access:   It is estimated that the total projected lending volume indicated by the interviewed local FIs would translate to at least roughly US$6 billion in lending by local FIs throughout Sub-Saharan Africa – a significant contribution to the energy access financing gap.
  • Local FIs require credit support and technical assistance for off-grid lending:  The vast majority of both FIs and locally owned off grid companies identified high collateral requirements and collateral inadequacy as a key barrier hindering financing. A majority of locally-owned off-grid companies also pointed out local FIs’ lack of understanding of the off-grid sector, high cost of debt and lack of long-term funds as major funding challenges.
  • The first loss cash reserve will lead to increased lending and reduction in collateral requirements:  FIs indicated that a first loss cash reserve will result in a 53% increase in projected off-grid lending volumes and a 42% reduction in collateral requirements on average. A first loss facility can also to some extent increase the tenor of loans. 
  • Locally-owned off-grid companies unable to access capital could be the main beneficiaries: 56 African-owned off-grid companies surveyed indicated an actionable deal pipeline of $269 million. Unlocking local currency lending from local commercial banks will be crucial to meet the needs of these locally-owned companies, which are well positioned to serve last-mile customers but have been largely unsuccessful in accessing external capital from international sources. 

Green4Acess (G4A) is a new first loss facility developed by Green Max in partnership with the UK NGO, Energy4Impact. The G4A First Loss Facility will be primarily focused on supporting FIs to accelerate local currency lending to energy access enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa via its cash deposit product. The G4A cash deposit product will provide first loss protection for up to 20% of losses in newly originated portfolios of energy access loans. The Facility is planned to be launched in 2021 with an initial capitalization of US$50 million. The design and development of the G4A facility are being supported by seed funding from the multi-donor platform – Partnerships for Green Growth (P4G).

The full report can be downloaded here

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On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, various stakeholders of the Renewable Energy (RE) Sector in Liberia met for the Integrated Forum for Renewable Energy in Liberia (IFREL), this month held at the GIZ/EnDev office. In two smaller focus discussion groups, participants reflected on and discussed core problems of the Renewable Energy sector in Liberia, and how they might be addressed.

The overall problem of “Liberians not fully using the potential of renewable energies and contributing to environmental problems (deforestation, pollution, etc.) and climate change” was broken down into different causes that are problems that could be addressed: insufficient awareness about the renewable energies (and their benefits), lack of finance, not many highly qualified solar installers, difficulties in finding high-quality installers and opportunities.  Each of these problems was further broken down into related problems.

Lack of finances was perceived as a core problem. While in some countries, banks can help to finance the high investment costs of solar systems, this is not (yet) commonly practiced in Liberia. Such a lack of viable financing options can lead to the inability of solar businesses to thrive or expand if customers are unable to settle payments.

Both discussion groups highlighted insufficient awareness about Renewable Energy Technologies as a core problem for the sector. If people are not informed, interest and demand remain low, people then have little exposure or experience of RE and lose viable opportunities, e.g. to save money by using solar irrigation in agriculture. IFREL participants suggested that it could be an option to reach out to schools, churches, mosques to provide quality awareness on renewable energy solutions. Also, stakeholders agreed “We all need to generate videos, installers testimonies, upload it to the social media” The renewables-liberia.info web portal and its associated social media channels are open to showcase success stories and material to increase awareness.

The third problem, difficulties to find highly qualified RE professionals/opportunities point to the need for better training and better avenues to identify and connect with people providing or searching for RE products, services, or opportunities of high quality. This is crucial to prevent problems and disappointment about RE due to low-quality products and installations, which might lead to a bad reputation of solar energy and reduced demand. IFREL participants discussed that e-learning could be an option to increase the skills of solar installers. A digital information system about skilled professionals, with the possibility to identify, rate, and compare products and services might help to increase availability and quality of and satisfaction with RE products and services.

As always on IFREL meetings, participating stakeholders shared about their activities.

  • Lady from Liberia Satellite service provider talked about how they train young people in solar, satellite, security cameras.
  • The representative from the Apostolic church invited stakeholders to come to their school to create awareness there.
  • The Human Development foundation focusses on improving the agriculture sector and carries various products including solar lamps to farmers.
  • Melvin and Abraham, students from Stella Maris and MVTC who had been trained in solar installation expressed their interest in further learning and contributing to the sector.
  • The Social Entrepreneurs organization works with schools, using sports and games to teach even elementary students about protecting the environment
  • The Liberia Energy Network is involved in sales of solar products and had installed a mini-grid in Totota.
  • Youngor T. Flomo shared with the sector that she has started to bring females RE professionals together to strengthen them, create awareness, and encourage girls to choose a RE career.
  • The government was represented by LERC, established in 2015 to regulate the sector.
  • Xxx has been in the RE sector for long, installed mini-grids in Lofa, a 75KW solar system for UNICEF.
  • A rather new, and very active stakeholder is LIB Solar. LIB Solar has installed 101 mini-grid systems, 19 Solar Home Systems (including TVs), 20 solar freezers for female entrepreneurs in various counties.
  • GIZ/EnDev, hosting this IFREL meeting in its 100% solar-powered office, shared its mission to increase access to affordable modern energies and to support all stakeholders in the RE sector of Liberia.

The next IFREL meeting will be on the last Tuesday of January 2020, open to everyone involved or interested in the RE sector of Liberia.

 

To reduce the problem of deforestation and to fight against the global outcry for climate change, GIZ/EnDev introduced the Red Fire Pot to the local coal pot producers in Liberia. The Red Fire Pot (RFP) is an improved cookstove that was introduced and promoted on the Liberia market by local coal pot/stove producers that were trained by GIZ/EnDev to produce and sell the product. Two different sizes have been designed for household cooking in Liberia, (the medium and the small).

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Join us June 1-3, 2020 for “Microgrids as a Recovery Tool During Social and Economic Disruption,” an online gathering of the industry’s top thinkers, innovators, and change-makers, who will explore the crucial role of microgrids at this point in history. Never before has reliable, clean and cost-effective electricity been so important, which is why businesses, communities, utilities, governments, and institutions are turning to microgrids for their energy supply. Hear stories from those on the front lines of the microgrid revolution. Gain insight into the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities through informative presentations and lively discussion. Learn about real-world microgrids, why they were built, and how they are giving rise to the new prosumer.

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