The Light Up Liberia (LUL) Program is a European Union funded project implemented by Mercy Corps Liberia. The overall objective of the Light up Liberia program is to reduce poverty and improve stability and living conditions of the rural poor in Liberia.
The Program seeks to achieve three specific objectives (SO):
- SO1: Increased access to modern, affordable, sustainable and scalable energy services for the rural poor.
- SO2: improved access to financial services for increased access to energy, economic opportunity and poverty reduction
- SO3: improved planning and coordination within the rural energy sector and more private sector engagement in rural electrification solutions.
To achieve these objectives, the Program will work towards the following results/outputs:
- A replicable model for solar mini-grids and distributed generation is implemented in 3000 households in rural village energy hubs within Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba and rural Montserrado Counties,
- Availability and access to improved lighting, charging and cooking products is increased within Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba and rural Montserrado counties due to the improved market functioning and supporting services for energy market actors,
- Financial products designed to increase access to renewable energy are available to 3000 households
- Increased local capacity to engage the private sector in developing solutions for rural electrification.
In order to implement the overall objective of the Light Up Liberia Program, implementation has been divided into four major components. The four components are:
- Market Facilitation
- Renewable Energy curriculum development
- Pico-grid installation
- Financial services (access to finance)
The Light Up Liberia Program runs from April 2016 to March 31,2019.