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Power For All says 13 solar companies vetted for import waivers

November 1, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

A total of thirteen (13) solar companies from the Renewable Energy Association have been vetted and approved by the Minister of Energy, Henry Macualey for import waivers and Green Lane status.

According to a release from Power For All Sierra Leone, the aforementioned companies all adhered to International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards to ensure that quality was maintained.

Power For All is a global campaign of which Sierra Leone is a part to accelerate the deployment of distributed renewable energy solutions, from basic solar lanterns to rooftop systems and renewable mini-grids.

Ami Dumbuya, who serves as the Campaign Director for Sierra Leone, said a lot of progress has been made, especially with the government commitment on policy and the private sector enthusiasm to bring in products to reach out to the rural poor.

She highlighted the amendment of the National Finance Policy to make all solar PV home systems exempt from VAT and import duties, “Green Lane” set up by customs authorities to allow approved companies to get their products cleared faster from ports and the creation of a Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone with 17 initial members as some of the progress made as at the start of October 2016.

Because of the aforementioned ventures, the release further stated that Sierra Leone has been included in the Africa Clean Energy (ACE) program being launched by DfID, which means new financing opportunities for the decentralized solar market would be made available in 2017.

“The ACE program would help to unlock finance for sector by supporting private sector layers to have better options to capitalize their operation. For the campaign, this means that we are closer to achieving energy access for the 87% of our population without access to the grid,” madam noted.

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