Solar Energy is not the only source of Renewable Energy! It is against this backdrop that the German-Sierra Leone association Bintumani D-SL and partners conducted a five days training on building a functional Wind Turbine based on the plans from Hugh Piggott and experts from ERNI Kollektiv (erni-kollektiv.org) based in Germany.

From the 4th - 8th November 2019 at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) Congo Cross, 43 participants from various institutions learnt how to construct a functional wind turbine whilst also getting a good grasp of the basic concepts of electricity.

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.

GIZ/EnDev together with partners from the Energy Efficient Production and Utilization of Charcoal (EEPUC) project has on Thursday 17th October, 2019 concluded a Charcoal Production and Utilization Mission with a presentation of findings from the mission to stakeholders in the energy sector. 

Energising Development Mano River Union supports the development of a market for Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) in order to target deforestation, global warming, environmental and health problems. The target group are not only households but also social institutions e.g. schools that provide school meals.

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,  


 

Energizing Development project (EnDev), an energy access partnership funded by six donor countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and The Netherlands), and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has completed a five day training for over sixty (60) Solar Mini Grid Technicians from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. It was the first supra-regional training for all three countries of its kind.

 The training was done in collaboration with the operators (Power Gen, EnergiCity and Winch Energy) of the 50 Mini Grids developed by the Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP), funded by the UK Department for International Development, and implement by UNOPS in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and technicians from three Mini Grids from the Press-D project (EU/WHH) and the three Mini Grids from Plan/EU in Liberia The Mini Grid operators were specifically targeted to capacitate their technicians to be able to operate, maintain and troubleshoot the Mini Grids. For Guinee it might have been the first mini-grid workshop of its kind.

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.

Only one company from Sierra Leone was chosen by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to receive the Schwab Foundation ‘Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award.

Easy Solar, an energy start-up in Sierra Leone, was recognized as a leader of global social innovation for 2019 along with 19 others across the world.

In just three years since its launch, Easy Solar has hired over 500 and made electricity accessible and affordable to more than 200,000 Sierra Leoneans.

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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).

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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.

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