RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR ELECTRIFICATION IN EASTERN LIBERIA
- Reference: P-LR-FA0-001
- Appraisal Date: 31/05/2017
- Board Presentation: 30/06/2017
- Status: LendingLEND
- Implementing Agency: LIBERIA ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
- Location: Liberia
SREP projects will focus on both on-grid and off-grid expansion options for sector using renewable energies. At this stage, the Bank is in the final process to recruit consultancy firms to perform feasibility studies on potential hydropower and biomass projects. The following sites have already been identified for mini/micro hydropower plants: Gbedin Falls (St. John River Basin, Ya Creek (St. John River Basin)and River Gee (Cavalla River Basin)
The ultimate objective of the project is to increase the Liberian population's access to electricity. More specifically, the projects is to meet the electricity needs of a significant part of the rural population in eastern Liberia by using indigenous renewable energy resources. It also aims to help enhance institutional, human and technical capacities, introducing sustainable business and to create an approach that can be replicated and supported by different development partners.
The project is in line with the development priorities of the country and the sector vision of a reliable and affordable supply of energy services for all sectors of the Liberian economy, as outlined in Liberia's Country Strategy Paper (CSP 2013-2017); In fact, under the Pillar 1 of the Liberia CSP, the Bank aims at supporting the Government of Liberia's efforts to improve infrastructure, with a particular focus on energy. In addition, the project will contribute to the green growth pillar of the Bank's long term strategy ( 2013-2022), which is expected to help reduce climate vulnerability and result in climate resilience by reducing the use of highly polluting oil-based individual thermal generation plants.
The project is fully aligned with Liberia Agenda for Transformation (AfT 2012-2017). Under pillar 2 of GoL's AfT (the second Poverty Reduction Strategy), the expansion of electricity services and the reduction of the cost of electricity are identified as essential conditions for achieving and sustaining economic transformation. The project focuses on providing support to implement the first phase of the government's access agenda, which runs from 2013 to 2016. The project further contributes to the government's strategy of accelerated service expansion to increase electricity coverage and provide reliable power.
The project is also in line with Pillar 1 of Infrastructure Development in the Bank's Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022) and also addresses key areas of special emphasis in the Strategy that include: gender and fragility in the project area of influence. The project will also contribute to inclusive growth by creating employment and broadening opportunities for participation across gender, age and geography in the project area.
The SREP projects will bring the following benefits to local communities: "Enhanced energy security. Scaling up renewable energies will diversify the energy mix, helping reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels, and hence enhancing the security of energy supply in the country. "Improved access to electricity. Hybrid mini-grids will increase access to electricity in isolated areas where the grid is not expected to reach in the short term. It will also ensure that a renewable energy delivery infrastructure is established before diesel generation becomes standard. "Capacity building. SREP activities will build and sustain management and technical skills within rural communities. "Job creation and income generation. The projects will catalyze economic development opportunities, including new activities that create jobs and raise incomes, especially in rural towns. "Improved quality of life in rural areas. Household and institutional access to electricity in rural communities can lead to better education, health and public security, especially for women and children. "Improved gender equality and women's socioeconomic status. SREP initiatives will improve women's access to productive uses of electricity, and reduce women's barriers to information and training options for new energy services and technology. "Improved access to communications. Increased access to electricity will boost use of communications through mobile phones, televisions, and the internet, improving access to information and empowering local communities. "Environment. The reduction of kerosene and wood fuel consumed by households will reduce indoor pollution.
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