The World Bank has granted a funding of $200 million to 19 West African and Sahel countries in the framework of its regional off-grid electrification project (ROGEP), which aims to provide support for a sustainable and scalable off-grid electrification market to meet the electrification needs those without electricity in remote areas. Under the project, standalone solar systems will be provided to households and public services. For more information see the IDTechEx report on off grid zero-emission electricity.
The beneficiary countries of the project are Mauritania, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Funding allocated is divided into two parts. First is $60 million to organize the electrification market. And second is for a credit line of $140 million which will be used to support and develop supply and demand for off-grid solar systems. ROGEP is to be carried out for over five years in two distinct stages, namely: a one-year preparatory stage (already completed) and four years of effective implementation (ongoing). Implemented by the Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) Ecreae Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the initiative will enable the deployment of solar photovoltaic systems for households, utilities and production infrastructure.
Source: AE Africa, Togo First
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