How can Sierra Leone accelerate actions toward achieving access to energy for all by 2030?

In high-level discussion meetings with the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education and the Ministry of Energy (MoE), the director of GIZ/EnDev Sierra Leone emphasizes the need to integrate concerted efforts to accelerate actions for clean cooking energy compact for Sierra Leone. More information can be found here (link must be edited). 

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Research has shown that more than 97% of energy use for cooking in Sierra Leone comes from fuelwood and charcoal, only 1% of energy comes from liquefied petroleum gas (Afrigas), and the remaining percentage comes from other sources of biomass. The endeavor has had several stakeholder engagements on how Sierra Leone can improve on the use of fuel-efficient cookstoves, but also, how to sustainably produce charcoal and fuel.




                                                                   Victron Energy & BOS AG Off-Grid solar system partner webinar

Together with our technology partner, Victron Energy, we are conducting a 3 series webinar to help you design off-grid solar home systems.

Part 1: Load assessment, site consideration and system conceptualisation.
Part 2: System sizing and component selection.
Part 3: Monitoring and maintaining your system.

Part 1: Load assessment, site consideration and system conceptualisation.

Date: 11.03.2021 | Time : 10:00 AM CET (UTC+01:00) | Duration: 30 min

In a bid to promote sustainable access to modern energy in Sierra Leone, GIZ Endev is organizing a 5 (five) day technical training /seminar for Solar Technicians/Installers

Date: Monday 1st to Friday 5th February 2021
Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Venue: Environmental Foundation for Africa, Sussex, Peninsular Road.

The training/seminar will be interactive and let by industry experts covering the below subject areas

By Dauda Musa Bangura: Owl Press

Cognizant of the ecological and health risks posed by ongoing deforestation inflicted on the Freetown Peninsula for mostly cooking energy and human settlement purposes, GIZ Energizing Development Programe (EnDev) on Thursday 20th May 2021 convened in Freetown a Stakeholder’s Dialogue on Deforestation of the Freetown Peninsular and Clean Cooking Solution for Sierra Leone. 

During the meeting, Mr. Hans Werner Gress (the Lead Consultant) made a presentation on finds of ongoing deforestation of especially the Freetown Peninsular Forest cover.

The Energising Development project (EnDev) implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbiet (GIZ) has on Friday  5th February 2021 concluded a five-day specialized technical training workshop on renewable energy for solar technicians in Sierra Leone.

The five-day training workshop which was held at the Biodiversity and renewable Energy learning center at Sussex Freetown targets about 40 solar/ renewable energy technicians from different renewable energy businesses and organizations and about 8 students. Among the participants, there were about 20 women.  The training was centered on knowledge such as the use of new solar energy storage technology such as the Lithium-ion battery, accurate and long lasting panel installations techniques, experience sharing among technicians and among others.

This webinar, second in the four-part series, will discuss the different parameters for solarization of existing water schemes in the humanitarian context. Water Mission International will introduce retrofitting existing water schemes into solar. Rocky Mountain Institute will discuss notions on overpumping and how to limit it. IOM UN Migration will then discuss the economic considerations for solar pumping schemes (eg. payback periods and cost savings).

When: 28 January, Thursday at 2:00 pm CET (check your local time)

Register here:

Energising Development (ENDEV) is a global initiative in 26 countries and in three continents (Africa, Asia and Latin America) implemented by the German Cooperation (GIZ) for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Donor countries are Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland.

EnDev’s Objective is to ensure that “The people in the project region have better access to a sustainable, modern, reliable, affordable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly energy supply”.  EnDev is also committed towards contributing to more gender equality in the Renewable Energy sector, strengthening female professionals.

EnDev Sierra Leone has secured a 2-lamps and 3-lamps lighting systems to donate to the health sector as well as some social institutions. 

The World Bank board of executive directors has approved a $50 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to improve access to electricity in Sierra Leone and enhance institutional capacity and commercial management of the sector.

The project will also be co-financed with a $2.7 million grant by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development Fund.

The Enhancing Sierra Leone Energy Access project will support the country’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery by providing electricity to households, businesses, health clinics and schools. This is a critical part of the recovery process. The project also supports the replacement of

A team of GIZ/EnDev staff comprising of Ali Toma Mohammed (Country Project/Program Manager GIZ/EnDev, Sierra Leone) , Freeman K. Godu (Technical Project Coordinator, GIZ/EnDev Liberia), Daniel Koroma (Technician and Maintenance Officer, GIZ/EnDev Sierra Leone),
Sorie Kamara (Technical Driver, GIZ/EnDev Liberia) has concluded an eight (8) days monitoring and assessment visit in Lofa County, Liberia.

The EU and AFD are launching the Digital Energy Challenge, which will run for four years with an annual Call for Projects. The objective of the Challenge is to support the development of innovative solutions for energy access, the integration of renewable energy, and utility performance improvement.

Alliance has published an Op-Ed, co-authored with Her Excellency the Second Lady of Ghana Samira Bawumia, which was posted today. The article, which looks at the connections between air pollution and COVID-19, and highlights the continued urgency of advancing clean cooking solutions is available online here:



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