Kofi Macauley, president of the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone (REASL) has on Monday 22nd July 2019 paid a courtesy call to GIZ/EnDev an Energy Access program promoting sustainable access to modern energy services globally.

The purpose of his visit was to acquaint himself with the activities of GIZ/EnDev in the country and to identify areas in which GIZ/EnDev and REASL can strengthen collaboration.

Since the inception of REASL, GIZ/EnDev has provided them with a shared office space as part of the program’s support to the renewable energy sector in Sierra Leone.

In their introduction, the GIZ/EnDev team thanked him for such a kind gesture benefitting from one of his first visits as president. They went further to highlight some of the activities they are engaged in. The activities include

A report of the impact the Off-grid industry is having on the workforce in Africa and Asia. Please click on the link below to read the full report by GOGLA https://www.gogla.org/resources/off-grid-solar-a-growth-engine-for-jobs.

Website Working Group Participants

The renewables salone website working group has successfully held a fourth working group meeting at the EWRC office, Berwick Street on the 7th May 2019.

The working group comprises of members from different institutions, companies and organisations that have volunteered to make the renewables salone website a platfrom for coordination, networking and a centre for all renewable energy information in Sierra Leone.

This website was developed by the GIZ – Energising Development Programme (EnDev) as part of their support to the renewable energy sector to promote access to modern energy services in the country.

The Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone (REASL) has on Thursday 11th July 2019 conducted elections to select new executive members to the organization’s board.

GIZ Energising Development project (EnDev) was mandated to act as returning officers and conduct the elections. This was to ensure that the process was transparent and deemed free and fair by all.

Before the elections, the minutes of the last AGM was adopted by the members of the association and the outgoing executive board dissolved.

The elections started with the reading of the elections procedures by Foday Sheku Dumbuya (EnDev) to make sure that all delegates understand the rules governing the elections. This was followed by nominations and election of the president. Two people contested for the presidency (Wordsworth Cole and Kofi Macauley) and Kofi Macauley emerged as the winner with 53% of the votes cast.

The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC) together with UNOPS, the Ministry of Energy, and the mini-grid operators (Off Grid Power, Winch Energy and Power Leone) held an eleven days’ community engagement on proposed tariff at 13 locations under the Ministry of Energy’s Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP).

The locations include Sandaru, Penguia Chiefdom in Kailahun District; Bumpeh, Bumpe Ngawo Chiefdom in Bo District; Bandajuma Sowa, Sowa Chiefdom in Pujehun District; Bauya  Kongbora Chiedom in Moyamba District; Tihun, Sogbini Chiefdom in Bonthe District; Gandorhun, Gbane Chiefdom in Kono District; Mara,  

For years, I have been dreaming of contributing to Sierra Leone to help re-build this beautiful country. There is so much to be done. The last few years I started a project called 'Light Salone', with the aim of providing small-scale renewable energy to rural areas in Sierra Leone. We are a team of 10 people working passionately to innovate, with low-cost engineering solutions

In 2017 I was awarded Innovator of the year in Sierra Leone by the UNDP for my work on electricity. Over the years I have being working on providing electricity for my community through innovative ways of recycling waste material to valuable energy machines that can generate electricity for homes and small businesses.

We Care Solar has concluded a one-day orientation event for Solar and Health Partners. The event was held at the Jam Lodge hotel situated at Congo Cross on the 9th July, 2019. Stakeholders in the Health and Energy sector were in attendance to grace the occasion. The event started with brief introductions of the attendees and the work their organization is doing in the Health and Energy sectors.

Presentations was done by Chritina Briegleb and Anael Hamilton followed by interactive question and answer session.

About We Care Solar
We Care Solar a non-profit organization based in California dedicated to improving maternal health care in health facilities through access to renewable energy. We Care Solar envisions a world where women around the world survive childbirth, obtain life-saving care without necessary delays, and give birth with dignity in well-equipped, well-lit health facilities.

Since 2010, We Care Solar has designed technology and developed programs to bring compact rugged solar electric systems – We Care Solar Suitcases – to under-resourced health centers. To date, more than 3,500 health centers in Africa and Asia have been equipped with this technology.

“It is the rainy season! Your systems need protection now more than ever”, was the slogan by the Energising Development Programme (EnDev) in the invitation sent to participants for the workshop.

On the 6th June 2019, the Energising Development Programme conducted a lighting protection training for solar engineers, installers and technicians at the GIZ Country Office conference room, Wilkinson Road.

“The objective of the training was to invigorate, increase the understanding and accentuate on the need for proper protection from lighting strikes to ensure reliability, trust and sustainability of solar systems. A poorly designed lighting protection can always create destruction and damages on systems and consequently create distrust in solar systems.” These were the introductory words of the EnDev Technical Coordinator, Johannes Weber who was the facilitator of the workshop.

GIZ/Energising Development (EnDev) project has on today the 1st March, 2019 agreed to pay the tuition fees of fifty five (55) female student’s studying Renewable Energy at the Government Technical Institute (GTI), Kissy Dockyard.

The figure which will accumulate to Forty Two Million Leones (Le 42,000,000) will cover tuition and examination fees of the students until graduation. This initiative confirms Endev’s commitment to support Renewable Energy Sector and also to empower women to be major players in the RE sector.

We are happy to share with you a first batch of GET.invest Market Insights, covering the market segments/countries: Renewable Energy Applications in Agricultural Value-Chains (Senegal), Captive Power (Uganda), Solar PV and Hydro Mini-Grids (Zambia), and Stand-Alone Solar Businesses (Zambia).

The Market Insights provide condensed, practicable step-by-step manuals on how to do business in market segments and countries, with an emphasis on navigating the policy and regulatory procedures applicable to the business models in specific market segments.  Each “package” includes a ‘how to’ developer guide, model business cases and case studies.

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Renewables Salone as part of its website working group held a one day Joomla content training on Wednesday 29th May, 2019 at the GIZ Country Office for participants interested to add content to the platform.

The purpose of the training was to get participants up to speed with Joomla i.e. the platform on which the renewables-salone.info website is built.

solar lamps school campaign
photo: Sulaiman Stephens

Oxfam has published an article on their experience with their solar study lamp campaigns, carried out within the PRESSD-SL project from 2014 until 2018.
See full article here