Israeli solar developer, Energiya Global, recently announced that it will invest $1 billion over the next four years to advance green energy power projects across the 15 member states of West Africa’s economic community.
“In honour of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s two terms in office, and Liberia’s friendship with the State of Israel, Energiya Global and our international partners will finance and build a commercial-scale solar field at the Roberts International Airport, which will supply 25% of the country’s generation capacity,” said the company’s CEO, Yosef I. Abramowitz.
Abramowitz continued: “We are prepared to finance and build the first National Demonstration Solar Projects in all ECOWAS-affiliated countries in order to promote political stability and social and economic development, as well as to advance knowledge transfer.”
Israeli solar developer in sub-Saharan Africa
According to a company statement, Energiya Global and its associated companies developed the first commercial scale solar field in sub-Saharan Africa in Rwanda, which is supplying 6% of the country’s power.
In addition, the group broke ground on a similar power plant in Burundi, which will supply 15% of the country’s power by the end of the year.
The solar group has fields at various stages of development in ten African countries and expects to announce its full programme at the Israel-Africa Summit in Togo at the end of October.
Also commenting on the development was Energiya Global’s country director, Remy Reinstein, who said: “We are honoured to have the seal of approval from President Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose initiatives have made the sustainable development of Liberia possible.”
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According to the media, the President noted that Liberia ranks among one of the highest countries in the world in terms of losses in the power sector, amounting to 47%, of which 33% is attributed to power theft.
In a letter read to the Parliament, Sirleaf said: “I see this illegal action as economic sabotage, holding back our overall national development and the growth of our economy.”
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