The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, in collaboration with Power for All, is hosting a no-cost webinar to highlight the impact to date, current opportunities, and remaining challenges in scaling distributed energy solutions in West Africa, focusing on Sierra Leone. This webinar will be the third in the UN Foundation's country-focused webinar series that seeks to delve into the state of energy access across different parts of the world, starting with countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sierra Leone is identified among the “large gap” category of Sustainable Energy for All’s target priority countries. While the country has significant energy potential, according to the government, Sierra Leone only provides 15% of electricity to urban communities, while the rural parts of the country benefit from only 1% of energy access, amounting to a mere 10% access rate for the overall population. As a further complication, a number of energy access projects had to be halted or canceled due to the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
The webinar will explore the role of distributed energy solutions in promoting the economic recovery of Sierra Leone, in addition to the social benefits brought by access to modern energy services, focusing on the implementation of the UK Department for International Development (DfID)’s Energy Africa Compact.
Alexandre Toure, Co-Founder & CEO, Easy Solar, will provide a business perspective to the energy access market in Sierra Leone as a Power for All partner and member of the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone, and showcase impact made collectively to date.