World Bank backing for Liberian hydro plant

12 Jan 16

A hydropower plant planned for one Liberia’s remote Lofa County has received World Bank funding of $27m.

 

The Liberia Renewable Energy Access Project seeks to set up a mini hydropower plant to provide about 50,000 people, as well as small businesses and public institutions,  with a reliable and sustainable source of electricity.

In addition, the project will provide 100,000 extra people with access to stand-alone solar systems and lanterns.

It is part of efforts to rebuild the West African country’s economy following the Ebola epidemic.

Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Liberia country manager, said: “This project, aligned with Liberia’s development strategy, Agenda for Transformation, targets electricity service expansion, reduction of the cost of electricity and fostering renewable energy resources, which are essential components for achieving sustainable economic transformation and poverty reduction.”

The plant, near Kolahun on the Kaiha River, will serve towns in Lofa County, including Voinjama, Foya, Kohalun and Massambolahun/Bolahun.

The funding consists of $25m from the Strategic Climate Fund’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program and £2m from the International Development Association.

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