The Renewable Energy sector like most other sectors is male dominant. As a way of reducing this gap, GIZ EnDev took the initiative to fully sponsor seven (7) women to participate in an intensive Six (6) months training in Solar PV Installation at the FLS Academy. The first set of students have just concluded their practical exams and are looking to gain real-world experiences in the field.

A private sector company Aptech Africa, supported two (2) other students and has agreed to take four (4) of the candidates as assistant technicians to work on some major projects.

The MD of FLS Group Ltd. Foday Lansana Suma emphasized that the next course is starting soon and they need more sector players to come onboard and sponsor female students.

FLS Academy, an internationally accredited engineering training college delivering IT, Electrical and Solar PV technician trainings has published it course portfolio for the new academic year. As part of its committment to provide the best training facilicities for student, FLS Academy has set up a state of the art labs for Computer and Renewable Energy departments to ensure hands-on learning. FLS Academy has the following courses

Dear Energy stakeholders,

We would like to draw your attention to the West African Clean Energy and Environment Trade Fair and Conference, eWACEE'20, which will take place virtually in September 2020. It will be organized by Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Lagos.

eWACCE'20 will have three important focus areas:

  • Clean Energy (Electric Mobility, Renewable Energy)
  • Circular Economy (Bio-plastics, Waste Water Recycling, Energy Efficiency, Clean cook stove, mini grids)


Dear Partners,

ACE TAF is on the fore front of promoting the use of stand-alone solar as a cost-effective way to provide clean energy to millions of households across Africa that do not have access. Many of these households are also low income or vulnerable.

To ensure that the products that reach them are good quality and durable, ACE TAF is working with governments, development partners and the private sector for the adoption of quality standards across sub-Saharan Africa, and that countries have the capacity to enforce quality verification processes to safeguard consumers.  ACE TAF is championing the adoption of the recently launched International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards which define the quality and durability specifications of solar products as well as requirements for truth in advertising.

Working with our strategic partners IFC Lighting Global, ACE TAF has developed a video which demonstrates the burden of sub-standard solar products on consumers in Africa. This video “Lighting Mumbi's Dream - The Burden of Poor Quality Solar Products”  is a tool to create awareness and to promote the sale of only good quality solar products on the continent. Help us spread the word on how we all can play a role in improving access to affordable solar solutions. Watch and share widely among other industry stakeholders.

Watch the video here:

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Easy Solar, a leading provider of renewable energy and services in Sierra Leone has over the weekend opened another branch in Kono district. The new outlet is their second shop in the district and is part of their committment to extend affordable and reliable electricity to the wider Sierra Leonean population. The branch is located in Tefeya, Sandor chiefdom and will serve people in and around the surrounding villages. See images below

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, solar power contributes to providing a stable supply of energy for hospitals and paves the way for the ‘green recovery’.

The generation of electricity from sunlight gives rural regions in Africa the opportunity to secure an independent and continuous supply of green energy. Since 2005, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been promoting the use of renewable energy in over 20 countries worldwide through its ‘Energising Development’ programme. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and other international organisations, GIZ is also committed to the expansion of solar power.This long-standing cooperation is paying off in the pandemic, as health and social welfare systems, which are currently under extreme pressure, are strengthened by

A new World Bank report, the State of Access to Modern Energy Cooking Services, finds that the rate of access to modern sources of energy for cooking stands at only 10 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa, 36 percent in East Asia, and 56 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Lack of progress in clean cooking is costing the world more than $2.4 trillion each year, driven by adverse impacts on health, climate, and gender equality. Women bear a disproportionate share of this cost in the form of poor health and safety, as well as lost productivity,” said Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure. “This toll may increase in the ongoing pandemic as household air pollution, resulting from the use of highly polluting fuels and stoves, may make exposed populations more susceptible to COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.”

Funding commitments for residential clean cooking by development partners and the private sector had recently fallen from US$120 million to US $32 million1.The State of Access to Modern Energy Cooking Services report estimates that $150 billion is needed annually to reach universal access  to modern energy cooking services by 2030. Of this amount, approximately $39 billion is required in public funding  to ensure that modern cooking solutions are affordable for  the poorest while $11 billion is needed from the private sector to install downstream infrastructure for the functioning of modern energy cooking markets, such as the distribution network. The remaining $103 billion would come from household purchases of stoves and fuels. A less ambitious scenario of reaching universal access to improved cooking services by 2030 requires $10 billion per year, including $6 billion from the public sector to fill the affordability gap and the rest by households.

Click here to view the full report.

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We’re happy to invite you to join us on a technical webinar on the topic of “Lightning and Surge Protection for Photovoltaic Systems”.
In this session, we’ll familiarize you with the residential and utility systems and the importance of lightning protection, from both commercial and technical aspects.
We’ll discuss the risk assessments, mitigation procedures and the insurability of the installation You can also expect a thorough analyze of different risk factors based on the lightning flash density, installation type, climatic region.


Tuesday 7 July


Join us in this webinar to find out more about the great benefits of solar energy for airport operations in general and in Africa specifically.

In this webinar we will:
* address technical and safety & security considerations
* identify the benefits of solar for airports
* highlight options to finance solar projects through third-party
* discuss commercial and project management considerations

GreenMax Capital Advisors released today a briefing report on the market assessment conducted for the launch of the Green4Access First Loss Facility. The assessment covered 83 companies and 37 Financial Institutions (FIs) across 21 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The main findings of the assessment are: 

  • Local FIs in Sub-Saharan Africa are willing to lend USD billions for energy access:   It is estimated that the total projected lending volume indicated by the interviewed local FIs would translate to at least roughly US$6 billion in lending by local FIs throughout Sub-Saharan Africa – a significant contribution to the energy access financing gap.
  • Local FIs require credit support and technical assistance for off-grid lending:  The vast majority of both FIs and locally owned off grid companies identified high collateral requirements and collateral inadequacy as a key barrier hindering financing. A majority of locally-owned off-grid companies also pointed out local FIs’ lack of understanding of the off-grid sector, high cost of debt and lack of long-term funds as major funding challenges.
  • First loss cash reserve will lead to increased lending and reduction in collateral requirements:  FIs indicated that a first loss cash reserve will result in a 53% increase in projected off-grid lending volumes and a 42% reduction in collateral requirements on average. A first loss facility can also to some extent increase the tenor of loans. 
  • Locally-owned off-grid companies unable to access capital could be the main beneficiaries: 56 African-owned off-grid companies surveyed indicated an actionable deal pipeline of $269 million. Unlocking local currency lending from local commercial banks will be crucial to meet the needs of these locally-owned companies, which are well positioned to serve last-mile customers but have been largely unsuccessful in accessing external capital from international sources. 

Green4Acess (G4A) is a new first loss facility being developed by GreenMax in partnership with the UK NGO, Energy4Impact. The G4A First Loss Facility will be primarily focused on supporting FIs to accelerate local currency lending to energy access enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa via its cash deposit product. The G4A cash deposit product will provide first loss protection for up to 20% of losses in newly originated portfolios of energy access loans. The Facility is planned to be launched in 2021 with an initial capitalization of US$50 million. The design and development of the G4A facility is being supported by seed funding from the multi-donor platform – Partnerships for Green Growth (P4G).

The full report can be downloaded here

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About GreenMax Capital Advisors

GreenMax Capital Advisors, is the US founding affiliate of the GreenMax Capital Group, a group of international clean energy investment advisory and management-consulting firms established in 1994. GreenMax has a lengthy and successful track record facilitating efficient implementation of international development funds targeted for renewable energy investment in emerging markets worldwide. GreenMax has also supported regional commercial lenders to develop and roll out new lending products targeting renewable energy and energy efficiency investments and has helped many development financial institutions (“DFIs”) plan and launch market-transforming sustainable energy finance initiatives. Learn more at

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EnDev Indonesia had completed survey to more than 300 PV sites back in 2013 to 2015 as part of Mini Grid Service Package (MSP) activities. Based on these surveys, the PV Mini Grid Do’s and Don’ts was developed. It is a guideline that provides PV mini grid practitioners with complete theoretical and practical information about good practices and not so good practices.

Quarterly Newsletter of the Regional Programme Support to Pandemic Prevention in the ECOWAS region (RPPP)

Message from the Project Coordinator

Dear readers,

I am pleased to present today the 1st edition of the RPPP Newsletter. The Regional Programme to Support Pandemic Prevention (RPPP) in the ECOWAS region is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union. We have been cooperating with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in particular the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) and the Regional Centre for Disease Control (RCSDC) on this thematic area for several years. Currently, the whole world is facing the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 7million cases of COVID- 19 and more than 400,000 deaths globally as of June 15, 2020. Read the Newsletter Here