The second component of the Liberia Renewable Energy Access Project (LIRENAP) aims to strengthen rural electrification regulations and institutions.
Development of regulations and standards for mini-grids
Complementing the September 2015 Law for the Electricity Sector and the Rural and Renewable Energy Act, specific regulations and technical as well as financial standards need to be developed. They should include mechanisms to establish and operate mini-grids, to monitor their performance and to ensure a smooth transition in the longer term, when the national grid might reach these communities.
Project implementation support and capacity-building
The capacity of RREA will be built for preparing, implementing and managing the hydropower project. Also, preparing safeguards instruments, studies, consultancies, operating costs and the project audits will be supported by this component of the overall project. Moreover, it is planned to document the lessons learned in establishing decentralized electrification.
Other stakeholders, including MLME, LEC, local authorities, community members and private companies, are also to benefit from the capacity building activities.