The African Development Bank, through the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), recently organised a webinar on the assessment report of the green mini-grid market in Guinea.
The webinar, produced by the Carbon Trust firm as part of the implementation of the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program (PDM MRV), was moderated by the African Development Bank, the Government of the Republic of Guinea through Minister of Energy Bountouraby Yattara and the Guinean Agency for Rural Electrification (AGER) supported by technical assistance from the World Bank.
The webinar focused on presenting the findings and recommendations of the assessment of the green solar mini-grids market in Guinea. Discussions also focused on the opportunities and challenges for the development of green mini-grids in the country.
Speaking during the online discussion, Yattara underlined the importance of “rural electrification, as being at the heart of socio-economic development well beyond the energy sector alone.”
Yattara indicated that the government will ensure that the new framework regulation on electricity in preparation lays the foundations for a coherent and attractive regulatory framework for the development of green mini-grids in Guinea.
Development of green mini-grids in Guinea
The PDM MRV aims to stimulate partnerships and actions by capitalising on opportunities and overcoming the obstacles identified in the rural electrification sector while mobilising expertise and resources from public, private, and civil society.
The representative of the African Development Bank in Guinea, Léandre Bassolé, praised the efforts of SEFA in the continuous search for synergies and strategic partnerships with other stakeholders, in particular the World Bank, the European Union, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Green Climate Fund, the African Development Fund and the French Development Agency (AFD), for the mobilisation of the necessary resources for the development of green mini-grids in Guinea.
The report shows that a regulatory framework conducive to green mini-grids could facilitate access to electricity for around six million people in Guinea, currently without power who would be better served by mini-grids.
Emmanuel Boujieka, on behalf of SEFA, recalled that SEFA’s technical assistance to the government of Guinea was developed around five components, one of which relates to improving the country’s regulatory framework in line with all the recommendations of the report of Carbon Trust, in particular questions relating to the mechanism for determining and validating the tariff, and the directives relating to the arrival of the Electricité de Guinée (EDG) network to the green mini-grid concessions.
It is important to mobilise the attention of the teams of AGER, EDG and the Regulatory Authority of the Water and Electricity Sector (ARSEE) on these issues like many others, said Boujieka.
He notably declared that “capitalising on synergies with other technical and financial partners is essential”.
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