IRENA has just issued a call for projects to recruit consultants to strengthen the electricity networks of ECOWAS members. The final objective of the project is to allow better integration of renewable energy capacities under construction in the region.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is looking for consultants to set up a program to strengthen the power grid infrastructure of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The aim of improving the networks of these countries is to allow better inclusion of renewable energy sources in the energy mix.

The companies selected at the end of the request for proposal that has just been launched will work closely with the power companies, national regulators and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of ECOWAS. They will have to develop the best solutions from a technical and economic point of view in order to increase the capacity of the electric transport infrastructures and to take charge of the new solar and wind capacities under construction. A component of the mandate will also be devoted to capacity building of national skills.

Interested consultants have until August 31 to submit their applications.

According to IRENA, the ECOWAS zone currently has an installed capacity of 16 GW mainly consisting of thermal (68%) and hydroelectricity (32%). This power allows it to meet 37% of demand for an electrification rate of 42%.

 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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