The Ministry of Environment on Tuesday the 3rd of March hosted the African Environment and Wangari Maathai day 2020 with the theme ‘our resources – our future”. The event was held at the Miatta Conference Center, BrookFields in Freetown. African Environment Day is celebrated annually on 3 March and was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness on the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent.


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 ( 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.

Freetown, 12 December 2019, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Cookstove and Charcoal Development Centre (CCDC) at Government Technical Institute (GTI) Freetown organised a stakeholder workshop at CCDC on the role of testing labs and implementation of standards for improving efficiency of charcoal use.  The workshop was under the aegis of the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) project -  Energy Efficient Production and Utilization of Charcoal through Innovative Technologies and Private Sector Involvement in Sierra Leone (EEPUC) in partnership with Ministry of Energy (MOE). Energy access and cooking energy issues remain an important policy objective of Government of Sierra Leone and it is also directly relevant to achievement of global sustainable development goals and in particular Sustainable Development Goal # 7 (SDG7) on affordable and clean energy.

                     Participants of the stakeholder workshop on testing and standardization of charcoal stoves


The stakeholder workshop was attended by participants from MOE, Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB), GIZ EnDev Mano River Union, GTI and UNDP. Derrick Kiwana from Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), Makerere University, Uganda was the facilitator of the workshop. Addressing the workshop Ms Tanzila Sankoh, Team Leader, Sustainable Growth Cluster, UNDP encouraged Ministry of Energy and Sierra Leone Standards Bureau to establish a national framework for testing and certification of charcoal stoves to encourage manufacturers to increase the efficiency of cooking devices and utilise the facilities at CCDC.

                                                                   Derrick Kiwana conducting the Stakeholder Workshop


UNDP/GEF through the EEPUC project has supported the construction of a modern building to accommodate the laboratory for CCDC where test equipment for charcoal stove testing are being installed and commissioned with associated training and capacity building. During the workshop Derrick Kiwana also shared insights on how CREEEC established its cookstove laboratory as a leading test centre in East Africa over a period of 15 years, which could be emulated by CCDC. Mohammed Kamara, Director of the Renewable Energy Centre (REC) at GTI, outlined his plan to establish a governing board for CCDC consisting of MOE, SLSB, UNDP, GIZ EnDev etc. and to develop a plan for sustaining the CCDC over the longer term.

Abdul Fullah from SLSB supported the call for a national standard and establishing a national quality mark for cookstoves and expressed interest from SLSB to be involved in the process. Lamin Kamara from GIZ EnDev welcomed the establishment of the CCDC and also provided details of testing of cookstove which was carried out with EnDev support.

Winston Moore, lecturer at REC/GTI and one of the trainees, feels that the establishment of the test laboratory at CCDC allows him to use the facilities to work with local manufacturers to improve their products towards higher efficiency and lower emissions. He also sees such efforts directly benefitting his own family which currently uses an inefficient charcoal stove. Ms Hannah Kamara from assistant lecturer at REC/GTI and another trainee also sees the opportunity to use the facilities at CCDC to work with local manufacturers to design efficient charcoal stoves as well as improve existing designs. She felt empowered by the training and capacity building of CCDC staff supported by EEPUC project and believes she has the confidence to collaborate with local manufacturers.

                       Derrick Kiwana with CCDC colleagues and the installation team including Winston Moore and Hannah Kamara


The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) financed project -  Energy Efficient Production and Utilization of Charcoal through Innovative Technologies and Private Sector Involvement in Sierra Leone (EEPUC) is supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by Ministry of Energy. The EEPUC project in addition to CCDC establishment is supporting energy and bioenergy policy making, financing schemes for renewable energy and providing training to local charcoal cookstove manufacturers on design and production of efficient stoves. Awareness campaigns will also be carried out on the benefits of efficient charcoal stoves. It is expected that these initiatives by the EEPUC project will move the local manufacture of cookstoves to be more capable to produce efficient charcoal stoves and also encourage urban households prefer efficient charcoal stoves, influencing the market. Such a transition to a more efficient charcoal value chain will result in climate benefits in terms of greenhouse gas mitigation and maintaining the forest cover in the country.

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 Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone has on Wednesday 20th November, 2019 concluded a one day networking event and launching of the organization's website at the Lagoonda Hotel, Aberdeen Freetown.

The event brings together ministers, parliamentarians, renewable energy businesses, banks, travel agencies, NGOs and other international organizations to create partnerships and to familiarise with the various actors in the renewable energy space. Other notable attendees include the Honorable deputy minister of Energy Dr. Eldred Tunde Taylor, the permanent secretary Mr. Morie Momoh, the presidential adviser on Infrastructure Dr. John Tambi, Honorable memeber of parliament Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella and the Mayor of Freetown Municipality Madam Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and a host of other eminent personalities.

In his opening remarks, the President of REASL, Mr Kofie Macauley, emphasized on the importance of networking and urged companies to make use of the opportunity and establish regional connections while showcasing their products and services.


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.

The maiden edition of the High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Conference on Renewable Energy and Clean Cooking has successfully ended in Freetown following robust deliberations on the centrality of energy access for socio-economic development, the health and economic benefits of Clean Cooking in the Mano River Union and the continent at large.

Participants at two-day conference formally endorsed the adoption of the Freetown Declaration below:

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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