Circular economy solutions - Power Liberia - Fair Profit

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The Government of Liberia is working closely with development partners to undertake ambitious measures to rebuild its electricity infrastructure. Liberia’s civil war, which ended in 2003, destroyed much of the country’s power sector. At approximately 12%, Liberia has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world. In the capital city of Monrovia, less than 20% of the population has access to electricity. By 2030, the Government of Liberia aims to meet an anticipated peak demand of 300 MW and serve 1 million customers, connecting 70% of the population in Monrovia and providing access to 35% of the rest of Liberia.

Liberia has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world.

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GENERATION CAPACITY

  • Installed Capacity: 126 MW
    • Diesel and HFO: 38 MW
    • Hydro: 88 MW
  • Power Africa new MW to Date Reached Financial Close: N/A
  • PA 2020 Target: 200 MW
  • Power Africa 2030 Target: 300 MW

CONNECTIONS

  • Current access rate: 12%
    • Rural: 3% Urban: 16%
  • Average Tariff: $0.35/kWh
  • Households without Power: 832,000
  • Power Africa New Connections:
    • On-grid: 9,030
    • Off-grid: 90,400

INVESTMENT AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

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Biggest Issues

  1. Weak and under developed enabling environment
  2. Weak public utility that is not commercially viable, with high tariff and high commercial losses
  3. Delayed expansion of transmission and distribution network to evacuate existing generation capacity
  4. Nascent off-grid sector  

Power Africa Interventions

  1. Power Africa’s engagement in Liberia is rooted in an agreement between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Liberia, signed in November 2015. The $257 million power and roads sector compact includes funding for the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydroelectric Plant, development of a training center for electricity technicians, support for the creation of an independent energy sector regulator, and support for the development of a nationwide road maintenance framework.
  2. USAID has also provided technical assistance to Liberia’s Rural and Renewable Energy Agency and funded the construction of three pilot renewable energy projects and a 77 km grid extension project.

 

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