AfDB Offers Assistance for Development of Mini Green Energy Grids in Guinea

AfDB has approved a grant of 830,000 USD to support AGER in the establishment of green mini grids projects in the Republic of Guinea.

AfDB Mini Grids Guinea

The African Development Bank (AfDB), through its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), has approved a grant of 830,000 US dollars to support the Guinean Agency for Rural Electrification (AGER), in the establishment green mini grids projects in the Republic of Guinea.

This grant will specifically finance technical, economic, financial and environmental and social pre-feasibility studies of green mini-grid projects. These are the projects identified in the Low-Cost Electrification Plan drawn up by the Government of the Republic of Guinea in coordination with the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD).

It will provide support to AGER for the evaluation of offers from the private sector and the conduct of negotiations for contracts for the construction, operation and maintenance of mini-networks resulting from the call for tenders which will be launched by the World Bank. 

Finally, this technical assistance will help to mobilize the additional funding necessary for these mini-networks and will contribute to the development of the related regulations. These services, combined with advice and knowledge transfer, will be necessary for the AGER to better coordinate and develop the sectoral approach to mini-networks in the country.

64% of the Guinean population (8.1 million) live in rural areas where only 7% have access to electricity, compared to 34% at the national level. The probability of electric coverage in rural areas by the national network in the medium and long term, therefore, remains very low. Green mini-grids are thus an economical means of significantly and quickly improving access to electricity in rural areas.

The World Bank and AFD have allocated funding of around USD 7 million, and support from SEFA will help to better structure the program. This financial support follows on from the results of Guinea’s electrification plan and low-cost investment prospectus, as part of the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES) 2016-2020.

“While improving the overall sectoral approach to green mini-grids in Guinea and promoting the participation of the private sector in mini-grids, it is expected that the deployment of the 57 mini-grids will give access to electricity to around 30,000 households. According to the expected results, the mini-network should create around 100 jobs (50% of which for women) and generate productive use possibilities for at least 100 micro-small enterprises, “detailed the acting vice-president of the Bank responsible for the Electricity, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Complex, Wale Shonibare.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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