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).
The theoretical workshop took place on May 15, 2018 at the GIZ conference room at Wilkinson Road. The workshop in Freetown was organized for all stakeholders interested in learning about SMA technologies. The objective of the program was to introduce stakeholders and installers to SMA system; and present the different components of SMA technologies such as SMA Sunny boy inverter, Sunny Island battery inverter, sunny home manager, etc.
In Freetown, it was an open workshop and there was a great interest in participation. Among the participants were private renewable energy companies, NGOs, Government Technical Institutions, Ministry of Energy, etc. Presentations were made on SMA technologies and the work of EnDev in the three Mano River Union countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. EnDev ICT tools such as the data collection app, renewables website and map were introduce to the participants; and were encouraged and invited to make use of these tools to enhance and increase access to renewable energy. The workshop concluded with lunch and networking among participants from different companies, institutions and organizations.
Ten trainees that fulfilled EnDev’s requirement were selected for the practical training in Koidu. The training was a mix of theoretical presentation followed by practical installation of each presented components. The trainers were technicians from EnDev Liberia wing. Four trainers divided the task of leading the installation of each set of component. The trainees were trained how to observe safety and security measures, solar PV module mounting, assembling and connecting batteries and, connecting and configuring SMA inverters. The installation in Koidu concluded with commissioning and presentation of certificates to the trainees, which were presented by the GIZ – EPP Kono District Coordinator, Mr. Ferran James.
The EnDev technicians and a group of trainees continued their mission to Kabala and Kailahun to complete the installation of 4.5kw SMA systems at each site.