On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 various stakeholders of the Renewable Energy (RE) Sector in Liberia met for the Integrated Forum for Renewable Energy in Liberia (IFREL), this month held atGIZ/EnDev office. In two smaller focus discussion groups, participants reflected on and discussed core problems of the Renewable Energy sector in Liberia, and how they might be addressed.

Development project (EnDev), an energy access partnership funded by six donor countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and The Netherlands), and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has completed a five day training for over sixty (60) Solar Mini Grid Technicians from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. It was the first supra-regional training for all three countries of its kind.

 

Freeman & Freeman Entertainment Club House, Bar, Grill and Restaurant is a Liberian ownen business located on the Robert Field High way, opposite the Bible Way Mission It is the first Liberian entertainment center that is operating on solar energy. 

The Mano River Union Multi-Stakeholder Renewable Energy and Clean Cooking Conference

Outcome Document — The Freetown Declaration 19 November 2019

I. We, the Ministers of Energy, Parliamentarians and Civil Society Organizations working on energy, have gathered at the Raddison Blu, Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone for the first ever Mono River Union Multi-Stakeholder Conference on Renewable Energy and Clean Cooking from the to 19 November 2019.

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, a four weeks solar technology course at Stella Maris University ended.  One hundred and twenty students from various technical institutions and universities in Liberia had joined the training and took part in the practical and theoretical tests.

 

On August 15, 2019 the Millennium Challenge Account – Liberia (MCA-L) invited electricity sector stakeholders to validate the findings of the Electricity Operator Census. The Census was conducted in June/July following to create a database of operators. This will help the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) for registration and licensing of electricity operators.

On November 13 and 15, 2019, Ministry of Health (MoH) and GIZ/EnDev collaborated towards paving a way for monitoring, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of solar systems in all health facilities in Liberia. Solar technicians from GIZ/EnDev trained engineers from the MoH infrastructure unit and bio- medical technicians from the ministry of health hand – on.

 

Improved cook stoves reduce the problem of deforestation in Liberia, help prevent health problems due to cooking smoke and enable people to save money by needing less charcoal, cooking faster and producing less smoke. Some improed cook stoves are imported, others are produced in Liberia. GIZ/EnDev promotes improved cook stoves and has supported the construction of a production and training workshop for the local Liberian improved cook stove, the Red Fire Pot (RFP)

The Apostolic Faith Church is the first religion organization to host the Integrated Forum for Renewable Energy in Liberia (IFREL) monthly meeting. The meeting was held at the Church compound located in Gaye town Old Zoo, Old Road.

 

On 30 October 2019, GIZ/EnDev awarded certificates and prizes to five retailers for the sales of renewable energy products (Pico PV solar lamps and improved cook stove), during the sale outreach in Gbarnga, Bong county and Ganta, Nimba County in December 2018. Mercy Corps, the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) and other renewable energy actors had also been involved in the sales outreach and were also present at the ceremony.

 

On August 27th, 2019, the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) hosted the 14th meeting of the Integrated Forum for Renewables Energy in Liberia (IFREL) at their office on Ashmun street, Monrovia, Liberia. PFAN is a multilateral public private partnership initiated by the climate Technology Initiative and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They connect green energy businesses with investors. IFREL is a monthly meeting for information exchange, networking and collaboration.

Lofa is a county in the northernmost portion of Liberia. One of the 15 counties that constitute the first-level of administrative division in the nation, and has nine districts. Voinjama serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 9,982 square kilometers (3,854 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 276,863, making it the third most populous county in Liberia.

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