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InfraCo Africa and PowerGen Partner to Deliver More Solar Mini-Grids in Sierra Leone

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InfraCo Africa, a part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, and Africa-focused power producer PowerGen Renewable Energy have announced a new financing model to scale up clean energy access in Sierra Leone. InfraCo Africa has committed to invest up to $1.2 in this new project which will be delivered under a wider program in Sierra Leone by the Universal Energy Facility (UEF).

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Following their successful commissioning of the initiative ‘Sierra Leone Mini Grid Project’, the partners are collaborating to roll out further mini-grids, connecting households and businesses across the country with clean energy. The initiative will deliver around 1,660 new connections across eight sites.

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Amine Amar, InfraCo Africa’s Asset Manager, who is also leading the Sierra Leone Mini-Grid Project, said the firm clearly sees the impact of clean energy access in rural Sierra Leone. InfraCo Africa will help in demonstrating the viability of the RBF mechanism in the mini-grid domain and subsequently, the UEF’s potential across sub-Saharan Africa to deliver sustainable development goals whilst supporting global efforts.

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InfraCo Africa and PowerGen started their partnership in Sierra Leone in 2019. They have rolled out solar hybrid mini-grid projects across the southern and eastern parts of the country, under the country-wide Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP). Also, their Sierra Leone Mini Grid Project has commissioned mini-grids in forty communities, serving over 13,000 customers.

Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for SEforALL as well as Co-Chair of UN-Energy said the mini-grids supported by the UEF facility will power households and businesses, creating local jobs and economic growth within the underserved communities.

Hassan Suma, PowerGen’s Country Manager for Sierra Leone, said the company supports the UEF’s mandate to increase energy access through mini-grid connections. PowerGen will further expand its services to deliver reliable solar electricity to remote areas and to continue to be the leading renewable energy company in the country.

InfraCo and PowerGen will draw on their expertise in delivering mini-grids in rural areas to high standards of health, safety, environmental, and social governance. The construction of the first UEF-supported site is expected to commence in March 2023.

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