Delegation of the European Union to Sierra Leone

European Union supports access to renewable energy: solar mini-grids commissioned in Segbwema and Panguma

12/04/2017 - 15:30
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On April 11th and 12th the Government of Sierra Leone, represented today by the Vice-President and the Minister of Energy, commissioned solar mini-grids in Segbwema (Kailahun District) and Panguma (Kailahun District). PRESSD-SL project with total budget of 7,000,000 EUR is 75% funded by the EU and co-funded and implemented by Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (WHH), Energy for Opportunity (ENFO), Cooperatione Internationale (COOPI), and IBIS.

In May 2015, a Joint declaration between the European Union and the Republic of Sierra Leone on reinforced cooperation in the field of sustainable energy was signed. Both parties see this Declaration as a fundamental tool for the promotion of economic and technological advancement and social welfare.

In this context, the European Union supports the development of access to off grid solutions. The EU and a consortium led by WHH has donated a grant of € 7 Million to support the PRESSD project. This is to improve and increase access to renewable, affordable and sustainable energy services for more than 500,000 people in rural areas thanks to 600kW of new production capacity installed and producing a minimum of 900 kWh/year by 2018. In addition and with a view to guarantee the sustainability of the PRESSD project, technical staff recruited within the local communities has been trained to be able to operate and maintain the solar installations.

The Segbwema mini-grid with a capacity of 127kW and Panguma mini-grid with capacity of 66kW will provide access to clean, affordable electricity to several hundreds of households as well as public facilities such as hospitals and schools.

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