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Liberia: energy solution to light up Totota rural community

In West Africa, Totota, a rural community located east of the capital, Monrovia, is the beneficiary of the planned 70kW energy solution.

Bandera Electric Cooperative was selected by NRECA International to design and procure a solar and energy storage solution for Totota.

The NRECA International is a global leader in the design and implementation of rural electrification programmes. Currently it is implementing several ‘Beyond The Grid projects’ in rural Liberia on behalf of the US Agency for International Development.

According to a media statement, the power company has been tasked to implement a stand-alone 70kW energy solution that will provide power to about 400 houses and businesses in the selected community.

Energy solution design for Totota rural community

The company explained that on completion, the power system will be owned by a local electric cooperative.

This energy solution includes 220 solar panels, a lithium-ion battery storage solution capable of providing 90kWh of energy, along with a back-up diesel generator. Read more…

“Totota lacks the infrastructure and resources needed to sustain a reliable and effective power generation system,” Renewable Energy Program Manager for BEC Solar, Miguel Rivera, stated.

Rivera added: “This energy solution was designed to meet the challenges of providing reliable electricity to a remote area.”

NRECA International senior vice president, said Dan Waddle, also commented: “The team at Bandera Electric Cooperative understands the challenges we face in providing reliable electricity access to remote areas in Liberia.”

“Having an American electric cooperative help us provide a reliable and affordable energy solution to another cooperative in Liberia demonstrates not just the ability to help, but the willingness to cross borders to help communities.”


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Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.