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Technical assistance on combination of solar power and mini hydro to meet rural energy needs; a means of reducing carbon emissions in Liberia

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Context

Liberia has an overall lack of energy access which presents a major challenge to the country’s development agenda. At approximately 12%, Liberia has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world. In the capital of Monrovia, less than 20% of population has access to electricity. The current energy situation is dominated by traditional biomass consumption for cooking, heating and lighting. There is an urgent need for reliable and affordable improved electricity services to support Liberia’s economic transformation and improved human development post-conflict.

CTCN Support

To develop, construct and operate three scattered stand-alone mini hydro plants, distribution network and technical assistance.

Expected Results

The three mini grids will see over 100,000 people with electricity. The project will set up solar power plants in three communities to provide electricity to three major schools. This project aims to accelerate the uptake of mini hydroelectric and grid-tied solar technologies so as to reduce national dependency on imported fossil fuels and support Liberia on its path towards more decentralized, inclusive and resilient development.

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