SIERRA LEONE – Solar energy provider PowerGen Renewable Energy is commissioning mini-grids in four communities in Sierra Leone.
With a total capacity of 150 kWp, the solar systems were installed in partnership with InfraCo Africa, a finance company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).
The solar mini grids recently commissioned by solar energy provider PowerGen Renewable Energy are located in Baoma Koya, Sumbuya, Gorahun and Gegbwema.
These installations consist of solar panels, inverters and battery storage systems and are capable of delivering a total of 150 kWp. PowerGen has also set up small distribution networks that provide 853 new connections to clean energy systems.
The new installations benefit households, health care facilities, and schools. “PowerGen will continue to build on its core strength and extensive experience with mini-grids to complete the rollout of electricity to 16 additional communities during the year,” says Femi Coker, PowerGen’s Director in Sierra Leone.
The installation of these mini grids is part of an existing partnership between PowerGen and InfraCo Africa, a finance company of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).
In 2019, the two partners signed a shareholder agreement. Through this agreement, InfraCo Africa has committed US$6.9 million for the development of green mini grids in Sierra Leone.
With this funding, PowerGen is expected to make 12,500 new connections, of which approximately 85% will be allocated to households and 15% to micro, small and medium enterprises and public facilities such as schools and clinics.
For its mini-grid electrification project in Sierra Leone, PowerGen has received support from a programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
In 2019, InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), signed a shareholders’ agreement (SHA) with PowerGen, committing US$6.9 million to develop the Sierra Leone mini-grid project.
The project company, Off-grid Power, was to develop a portfolio of solar mini-grids across the southern and eastern half of Sierra Leone.
As part of wider efforts by the government of Sierra Leone to address limited rural electrification, the groundbreaking project will roll out clean solar power in up to 41 remote communities, delivering first-time access to electricity for homes and businesses.
The project planned to establish approximately 12,500 new connections, with around 85 percent allocated to households and 15 percent to micro, small and medium enterprises and public institutions such as schools and health clinics.
It is anticipated that the initiative will generate employment and will have a significant positive impact upon living standards in rural Sierra Leone.