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‘Off-grid solar can save lives in Salone’

November 23, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Campaign Leader of Power For All Sierra Leone yesterday stated that off-grid solar and other renewable solutions can save lives in the country by powering medical equipment, refrigerating vaccines and illuminating emergency operations.

According to Ami Dumbuya, with off-grid solar and other renewable solutions, opportunities could be created for children by bringing electricity into homes and schools.

She was speaking at a workshop organised for civil society and non-governmental organizations in the conference room of Concern Worldwide on Sierra Leone’s energy revolution and how their work could support the goal of a clean modern energy for everyone.

“Community groups and CSOs working together with the government and private sector will increase the speed and impact of energy access and ensure that every family in the country is given a chance to improve their future with clean safe power,” she said.

She maintained that the Power For All campaign was a coalition of civil society and non-governmental organizations with the aim of promoting and advocating for distributed renewable energy as the key to achieving universal energy access faster, cheaper and in a more sustainable manner.

The training, she noted was to inform and communicate on technological development and insight on decentralized renewable energy in Sierra Leone and the world at large.

Kevin Johnstone, Renewable Energy Policy Advisor at Oxfam/IBIS said: “Raising awareness around energy access and the renewable energy technologies that are available is essential to ensure that more rural households can access and afford these innovative solutions.”

He added that the PRESSD-Sierra Leone project seeks to highlight the important roles that CSOs can play in supporting renewable energy solutions for the rural poor.

In Sierra Leone, off-grid solar energy is already saving many rural families 10-15% of their weekly income, while renewable mini-grids, irrigation and machinery are powering community health centers, schools, businesses, rural financial institutions and agriculture.