mini-grid network

In Sierra Leone, the ministry of energy seeks to improve the operation and maintenance of its solar mini-grid infrastructure (existing and new assets) via a Public-Private Partnership Model.

The ministry is inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from qualified and reputable solar photovoltaic (PV) operators for the project. Read more…

Information on solar mini-grid infrastructure project

Private companies or NGOs are invited to express their interest in the long-term technical and commercial operation of the 50 mini-grids and 4 stand-alone PV systems (providing relevant services such as technical O&M, management, customer connection, electricity sales, revenue collection, component replacement, system extension, monitoring, evaluation and reporting), and in the supply of metering technology adequate to their applied business models.

Fifty of the systems will be extended to mini-grids by adding 10kWp, 20kWp or 30kWp of solar PV capacity and connecting customers through low voltage distribution networks by the end of 2017.

All of the required procurement, construction, installation and commissioning is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

UNOPS is working closely with the Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission to set up regulations that protect the private operators from commercial losses resulting from the connection of the national grid to the mini-grid.

The regulation shall also set the rules for mini-grid tariff definition. The aim is to get the regulation approved before the commencement of operation of the first mini-grids at the end of 2017.

Requirement from interested parties

In order to be pre-qualified, prospective private partners/consortia must possess the requisite capabilities and relevant experience in the provision of the required services. They are expected to submit comprehensive information that contains:

  • Full name and Nationality (country of registration) of the Company and contact person, postal address, telephone, e-mail address and web site URL (if any);
  • Brief description of the history and business of the respondent;
  • Ownership structure including name(s) of shareholders, percentage shareholdings, intermediate and ultimate holding company or beneficial owner;
  • Company registration including Certificate of Incorporation, certified true copies of Memorandum and Articles of Association;
  • Most recent 3-Years Audited Financial Statements and latest Management Accounts if available;
  • Evidence of financial capacity to deliver the project as contemplated;
  • Scope of work, Role, Contract Value, Nature of Contract (PPP, Lump Sum etc) and Contractual Period;
  • Name and address of related client’s referee;
  • Experience with delivery, operation and maintenance of solar based infrastructure (streetlight or otherwise);
  • For those systems which are subject to private sector investments into the generation assets, any type of generation technology that incorporates at least 50% of renewable fraction is eligible. Any of the following resources are considered renewable: Solar, hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal, wave, and waste.
  • Evidence of previous experience and expertise in providing the required services locally and/or internationally including experience in PPP Initiatives where applicable. This should include the name of project, brief description and client(s);

In addition to the details above, each submission must be accompanied by:

  • Transmittal Letter
  • Cover/Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary

Submissions

All EoI (in English) submissions should be in accordance with the following instruction:

One original and two copies of Expression of interest to be delivered in a sealed envelope marked ‘EOI- Solar-mini grid’ and delivered to the address below.

Electronic submission in PDF format not exceeding 5 MB should be sent to the Transaction Adviser at: ghoh.bids@unops.org.

The EOI must be submitted no later than 27 June 2017 between the hours of 9:00am to 12:00 noon.

The Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Energy

Stronge Tower

3 & 3A Pademba Road

Freetown

Sierra Leone

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