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.
To open the day’s event, Mr. Kamara, Director of the Renewable Energy Department at the Government Technical Institute (GTI), on behalf of GTI and EnDev, gave a brief overview of renewable energy that set the foundation for the rest of the day’s program.
EnDev and GTI arranged for students enrolled in solar training program to participate in the event. The GTI students explained why they were pursuing careers in solar energy. They then gave hands on demonstrations of a solar installation. This was the first time many in our young audience were seeing solar panels up close making the technology very tangible for them. The children were equally fascinated by the many solar-powered everyday items on hand for their close up scrutiny. A solar-powered fan, air-conditioner, water pump, flashlight, radio, and toy helicopter.
Wonder Stove showed a short film about its energy efficient cooking stoves and explained why they were affordable and better for the environment. The children were intrigued that these familiar looking stoves were better than the commonly-used ones in many of their homes.
Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA), a Sierra Leone NGO focused on protecting and restoring the environment in West Africa, talked about the importance of forest preservation and the importance of solar energy for Sierra Leone. At EFA’s invitation the children jumped at the chance to try their hand at solar installation. They were very excited.
The day was a delightful, rewarding experience for the children and adults alike. We’re certain we’ve planted a seed for renewable energy in these pupils. EnDev/GIZ is pleased to have been part of the first ever Renewable Energy Day at Mereweather Preparatory School.
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.
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 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. SMA systems allow for digital and automated monitoring and management of energy flows. The renewable energy will be used to power the field offices of the GIZ Employment Promotion Programme (EPP).
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.
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.
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),
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.
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.
The Ministry of Energy Sierra Leone, has installed and hands over 8471 solar street lights in the fourteen district headquarter towns across the country.
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.