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.

A total of 30 very personal and individual letters were written by the students and handed over to the director of the Department for Alternative Energy Studies, Mr. Mohammed Kamara.

Ministry of Energy hands over solar street lights

The Ministry of Energy Sierra Leone, has installed and hands over 8471 solar street lights in the fourteen district headquarter towns across the country.

Mr. Foday Sheku Dumbuya (EnDev) and Mrs. Golda Williams (REASL) in their shared EnDev-REASL office


In February 2016 the Government of Sierra Leone launched the “Energy Revolution”, committing to reach 250.000 households with modern solar solutions by 2018 and achieve “Power for All” by 2025.

In various areas, activities were intensified. In the wake of the dynamic development, EnDev Mano River Union, with main office in Monrovia, Liberia, decided to open an office in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

 

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.

The event was witnessed by stakeholders from different Ministries, Departments and organizations such as the World Bank, UNOPS, EPASL, EU, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, etc. and commenced with an introduction of the chairperson for the ceremony, Mrs. Khadijiatou Jallow, Executive Chairperson, EPASL.

Energy Roadmap Sierra Leone, Ministry of Energy, MCCU, GIZ/EnDev 

The Ministry of Energy with support from the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit has developed the “Electricity Sector Reform Roadmap (2017-2030)”.
It was officially launched on Friday, 8th of September 2017 at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel Conference Hall in Aberdeen, Freetown.


The people of Bayama community in Kono District, Eastern Sierra Leone, are now benefitting from a solar charging center provided by the PRESSD project which was installed in October 2016. The facility was part of an effort by development partners to alleviate poverty and increase the socio – economic activities of the people of Bayama.

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.

SOBA holds a two days MRU Energy Investment forum.

Sierra Leone Opportunities for Business Action (SOBA) – is a UK Aid private sector development funded program – that uses a market systems approach to facilitate pro-poor economic growth in Sierra Leone and its Mano River Union neighbours.

SOBA organized a two days MRU Off-Grid Energy Investment Forum hosted in Freetown, Sierra Leone at the Lagoonda complex, Aberdeen on the 17th and 18th August 2017.

Mary J. Lebbie, employee at the sanitation centre
During the visit to the so called “Solar Toilet” in Bo, Mary J. Lebbie, who is one of the three employees, working at the facility, shared information about the project. The sanitation centre, located next to the Waste Management Centre in Bo, opened in 2016 and was supported by Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and GIZ/EnDev. The energy is supplied by solar panels installed on the rooftop of the new built building.

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),

Female Solar PV Students at the Government Technical Institute in Freetown, Sierra Leone

In July 2017, the Renewable Energy Centre at the Government Technical Institute (GTI), Kissy Dockyard, Freetown, conducted a Laboratory Week on Solar PV installation for women only.

The objective was to “boost” the female students. A total of 43 students are currently enrolled in the Solar PV Technologies NTC at GTI, 15 of them are girls in their first year.

Charging station in Talia

Promoting Renewable Energy Services for Social Development – Sierra Leone (PRESSD-SL) is an EU funded project with the aim to promote renewable energy services for social development in Sierra Leone. Started in 2014, PRESSD-SL Project is implemented and co-funded by Welthungerhilfe, Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI), IBIS and Energy for Opportunity (ENFO).

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