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Solar Power, Improved Cooking

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Technologies picoPV improved cookstoves (ICS) solar dryers mini-grids
EnDev 1 September 2005 -
September 2009
EnDev 2 May 2012 -
November 2018
Partners Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy / Rural Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) / Light Up Liberia (Mercy Corps/EU) / various NGOs, donors and the private sector
Implementers GIZ
Outcomes (06/2017) Access to electricity:
  • 57,100 people

Access to modern cooking energy:

  • 11,700 people

Access to modern energy services:

  • 794 social institutions
  • 2,100 SMEs

Figures reflect the non-adjusted sum of EnDev 1 and EnDev 2 outcomes. Read more in EnDev's Monitoring



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EnDev Liberia operates in the founding states of the Mano River Union: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. It has a 100% solar powered main office in Monrovia and a branch office in Freetown.

Energy Situation

Very few people have access to electricity in the countries where EnDev Liberia operates. In Liberia and Sierra Leone, this figure is approximately 10 per cent to 12 per cent of the urban population and only around 2 per cent of the rural population. In Guinea, around half of the urban and 10 per cent of the rural population have access. Petrol or diesel generators are often used because most of the region lacks a stable public power supply. Kerosene, battery lamps or candles are mainly used for lighting. Energy consumption is dominated by biomass with a share of more than 90% of the used primary energy sources. Most of the population depends on firewood and charcoal for cooking needs. There is significant potential for the use of renewable energy, particularly solar energy and hydroelectric power. The governments have launched national programmes to promote renewable energy sources. In February 2016, Sierra Leone was the first African country to sign the Energy Africa Policy Compact. The government launched the “Energy Revolution”.

For more information see energypedia forLieberia and Sierra Leone.

Approach

Sustainable solar energy systems

EnDev is involved in the installation of solar systems for health facilities and schools. The team provides technical support and maintains a hotline for repairs. It is also a pioneer in the introduction of solar systems for offices and petrol stations as well as for mini-grids.

Functioning markets for PicoPV products

In collaboration with partners like the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) and private sector associations such as the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone (REASL), EnDev works towards strengthening retailers and overcome market obstacles to promote solar products. Collaborating with local NGOs, EnDev empowers small businesses to start selling solar products and to create employment opportunities.

Outreach, Marketing and Awareness

A wide range of marketing activities, such as energy fairs or road shows, are supported. With the ‘solar vehicle’ equipped with solar panels from EnDev Liberia, music can be played, movies shown, popcorn offered and, at the same time, information can be provided about renewable energy and products.

Solar dryers for cocoa farmers

EnDev developed a solar dryer in cooperation with local cooperatives. They dry the beans more quickly and improve the quality of the harvested cocoa, thus helping to boost the farmers’ incomes.

Improved cooking technologies

Most of the population cooks with firewood or charcoal. EnDev supports the development, construction and marketing of improved stoves. In Liberia local metal workers were trained to produce the Red Fire Pot that saves 50% of fuel compared to a traditional coal pot. In Sierra Leone EnDev cooperates with the biggest local producer of improved cook stoves – the Wonder Stove. EnDev conducts tests and also improves institutional stoves, for example for school kitchens.

Strengthening expertise

A key field of activities for EnDev Liberia is to share technical expertise to build capacities for sustainable renewable energy use. The trainings and workshops are demand-driven and tailored to the needs of the target group. Examples of trainings include basic solar technology, repair of solar lanterns, curriculum development, advanced solar technology, trainings in the field of improved cook stoves and solar dryers. IT Solutions

EnDev develops IT solutions to strengthen the renewable energy sector. A smartphone app is used to collect data that is archived, analysed and visualised. Websites created by EnDev serve as platforms for the different stakeholders to exchange ideas, cooperate and bring about mutually reinforcing effects in the sector.

Impact

Until mid-2017 aprox. 69.000 people, 790 institutions and 2.000 enterprises received access to modern energy services through the impact of the project activities. Reducing energy poverty has a positive impact on social and economic life, for example, on education and healthcare, on living and working conditions, security, gender equality, environmental protection and food.

Until mid-2017 aprox. 69.000 people, 790 institutions and 2.000 enterprises received access to modern energy services through the impact of the project activities. Reducing energy poverty has a positive impact on social and economic life, for example, on education and healthcare, on living and working conditions, security, gender equality, environmental protection and food.

Further Information

Contact: Hartlieb Euler (EnDev Rwanda director) – hartlieb.euler@giz.de

Renewables Liberia: http://www.renewables-liberia.info/

Renewables Salone: http://www.renewables-salone.info/