The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME), together with the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency of Liberia (RREA), hosted a one-day workshop specifically designed for the Regional Off-Grid and Electrification Project (ROGEP).
The project is being funded by the World Bank and framed in the ECOWAS Program on Access to Sustainable Electricity Services (EPASES), to drive the goal of providing universal access to electricity in West Africa by 2030, reports the Front Page Africa.
#ROGEP Forum in #ECOWASMemberCountries was designed by the @WorldBank and @ECREEE_ECOWAS to increase access to sustainable electricity services in the ECOWAS region especially for households, commercial enterprises and public facilities. https://t.co/G5yuPpjsFW pic.twitter.com/BtCBZh5Qkh
— ECOWAS RE/EE Centre (@ECREEE_ECOWAS) November 29, 2017
Speaking at the workshop, the director of alternative energy at the LME, Sylvester M. Massaquoi, said: “When we started this project along with the consultant, little did we know that it would have captured the attention of the World Bank and ECRREE and this materialised in to what we have today.”
He added: “This workshop is geared towards creating awareness on increasing the asset to electricity in the rural areas. Because of the need of electricity in the region, this partnership with the World Bank and ECREEE will go a long way in solving our energy problem. This will enhance the capacity of those in the private sector.” Read more…
Renewable energy project deployment
Massaquoi said ECREEEE is currently implementing the ROGEP in 19 countries including Liberia.
“The World Bank is also ensuring that these equipment or solar products that are coming into the market are of quality so that consumers will have confident in these products,” he said.
He further revealed that the total budget for this project, which will span over a five-year period is $200 million. And out of this, the World Bank is planning on provide $140 million as a credit line.
“What Liberia stands from gaining is that private companies in Liberia, once the project hits implementation, will have access to this credit line and have access to credit to expand their businesses, to provide solar standalones to rural communities which do not have access to the grid or to the urban communities in Monrovia,” he explained.
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