African Development Bank, Nordic Development Fund and Partners launch Off-Grid Energy Access Fund with US$58 million

The Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (OGEF) had its first close on Thursday, 2 August 2018 with committed capital of US$ 58 million from the African Development Bank, the Nordic Development Fund, the Global Environment Facility, Calvert Impact Capital and All On. 


“The most important component of a solar system is the load.” – EnDev Technical Advisor, Johannes Weber. On the 31st July 2018, EnDev Sierra Leone successfully conducted a training workshop on solar system sizing.

The training held at the GIZ country office conference room attracted more than 30 stakeholders in the Renewable Energy sector.

Motivation to study Renewable Energy in Freetown, Sierra Leone

The students from the Renewable Energy Course at the Government Technical Institute (GTI) at Kissy Dockyard, Freetown, were asked to write a short essay on what motivated them to enroll in the 3 year course.

Participants at the Networking Event

EnDev, together with various partners, have joined their efforts since 2016 to create this website on renewable energy in Sierra Leone. It is an is an online destination for news, data and relevant contacts in sector and a space to network, share developments and information.

On September 13th 2018, this site has officially been launched: 

EnDev/GIZ was one of the lucky participants at Renewable Energy Day Sierra Leone's first ever event at Mereweather Preparatory School in Freetown on June 29, 2018. We’re always happy to promote renewable energy but this event was special. The audience of nine to eleven year olds was the youngest group we’ve spoken to this year. The girls and boys were curious, excited and eager to learn.

On the 19th January, 2018, the Ministry of Energy Sierra Leone, in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP), launches two energy policies – the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies – at the British Council Auditorium Hall Tower Hill, Freetown.

Renewable Energy Day Sierra Leone, an initiative to expose young people to career opportunities in renewable energy has successfully launched their website.

The purpose of the website is to provide firsthand information about the activities of Renewable Energy Day to interested stakeholders. The website has a simple to use navigation structure that provides more information about Renewable Energy Day Sierra Leone.

The Energising Development Programme (EnDev), a programme implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea has successfully conducted a theoretical workshop in Freetown followed by practical training workshops on the installation of SMA solar systems in Koidu of 6.5kw capacity, Kabala and Kailahun of 4.5kw capacity respectively.

EnDev in collaboration with Government Technical Institute and the Westwind Energy management takes 40 students from the Government Technical Institute's Renewable Energy Department on a field trip to Wonder stove workshop on November 9, 2017.

In August 2018, ECREE published the "Regional Progress Report on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access in ECOWAS region".

The Renewable Energy Association Sierra Leone, REASL, on May 3, 2018 hold a networking event for companies, NGOs, Individuals and Government Ministries and Agencies hosted at the Hub Hotel, Wilberforce.

The purpose of the event is to bring together business people and other actors in the renewable energy sector to interact and share information. It was also a call to encourage more companies to sign up to REASL membership and also urging existing members to honour their annual subscription.

Testing Improved Cook Stoves

On September 28th 2017, GIZ/Energising Development (EnDev) together with the Government Technical Institute (GTI), Department for Alternative Energy Studies and the Wonder Stove producer Westwind Energy, conducted a workshop on testing improved cook stoves.

Participants of the workshop were representatives and students from GTI, enrolled in Renewable Energy studies, students from Y.W.C.A. enrolled in the Food and Beverage course, representatives of the Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA),