The training was done in collaboration with the operators (PowerGen, Energicity and Winch Energy) of the 50 Mini Grids developed by the Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP), funded by the UK Department for International Development, and implement by UNOPS in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and technicians from three Mini-Grids from the PRESSD project (EU/WHH) and the three mini grids from Plan/EU in Liberia The Mini Grid operators were specifically targeted to capacitate their technicians to be able to operate, maintain and troubleshoot the Mini Grids. For Guinee it might have been the first mini-grid workshop of its kind.
The training was conducted by technical experts from Germany, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In order to give the training the required balance, experts were drawn from some big players in the Solar industry. Tim Malzfeld represented SMA, Ulrich Preuss represented Hoppecke, Nicolas Rohrer represented Asantys
Opening remarks by the director of EnDev Mano River Union, Hartlieb Euler urged participants to make full use of this training and networking opportunity and learn as much as possible from experts and each other. He stressed the importance of regular maintenance of systems the need for projects to set aside funds for maintenance and repair. Most solar systems, especially streetlights, but as well private homes and social institutions are breaking down without available funds for repair. Often the poor quality of the material used is an issue too.
The training dealt with both theoretical and practical aspects of solar Mini Grid installation, troubleshooting and maintenance. The teaching materials also contained simulations of real-life scenarios to show practical demonstrations of the subject matter.
Day 3 of the training focused on the networking of stakeholders in the Renewable Energy Sector in Sierra Leone and as well between the countries. Representatives from the Ministry of Energy, EWRC, REASL, Off-Grid Working Group, UNOPS, RREA and the Mini Grid operators presented their institutions and their current activities in the sector.
The last two days of the training focused on practical exercises, with participants going through the rigorous training schedule to understand the concept and some appliances better. A field trip followed on the final day to one of the RREP project Mini Grid sites in Petifu where participants had access to see how all the concepts taught fit together. Participants were separated into three work groups: Battery (Hoppecke), Inverter (SMA) and Panels (Asantys) so that each group can have a better understanding of the components.
Presentation of certificates climaxed the end of the training session.
Freeman & Freeman Entertainment Club House, Bar, Grill and Restaurant is a Liberian ownen business located on the Robert Field High way, opposite the Bible Way Mission It is the first Liberian entertainment center that is operating on solar energy.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 a Project Engineer Storage, Norbert Taphorn, from a Germany based company called TESVOLT, held a one day Seminar about Lithium Ion battery storage, at the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) head office, and their company which is providing storage solution with such technology.
On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, a four weeks solar technology course at Stella Maris University ended. One hundred and twenty students from various technical institutions and universities in Liberia had joined the training and took part in the practical and theoretical tests.
On August 15, 2019 the Millennium Challenge Account – Liberia (MCA-L) invited electricity sector stakeholders to validate the findings of the Electricity Operator Census. The Census was conducted in June/July following to create a database of operators. This will help the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) for registration and licensing of electricity operators.
The renewable energy stakeholders from various institutions on Tuesday the 30th, of April 2019, met at the Ministry of Health, R.L. to discuss activities concerting renewable energy in the country. The 10th meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Health.
Improved cook stoves reduce the problem of deforestation in Liberia, help prevent health problems due to cooking smoke and enable people to save money by needing less charcoal, cooking faster and producing less smoke. Some improed cook stoves are imported, others are produced in Liberia. GIZ/EnDev promotes improved cook stoves and has supported the construction of a production and training workshop for the local Liberian improved cook stove, the Red Fire Pot (RFP)
The Apostolic Faith Church is the first religion organization to host the Integrated Forum for Renewable Energy in Liberia (IFREL) monthly meeting. The meeting was held at the Church compound located in Gaye town Old Zoo, Old Road.
The renewable energy stakeholders from various institutions on Tuesday the 26th of March 2019, met at the Ministry of Health to discuss activities concerning renewable energies in the country.
On August 27th, 2019, the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) hosted the 14th meeting of the Integrated Forum for Renewables Energy in Liberia (IFREL) at their office on Ashmun street, Monrovia, Liberia. PFAN is a multilateral public private partnership initiated by the climate Technology Initiative and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They connect green energy businesses with investors. IFREL is a monthly meeting for information exchange, networking and collaboration.
Lofa is a county in the northernmost portion of Liberia. One of the 15 counties that constitute the first-level of administrative division in the nation, and has nine districts. Voinjama serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 9,982 square kilometers (3,854 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 276,863, making it the third most populous county in Liberia.
A solar manufacturer company named Fosera has introduced in Liberia the Suncharger solar battery charging station.