Koindu Town, Kailahun

Greetings from Koindu Town...sorry no map but it is wedged in this slit of Sierra Leone that juts out into Liberia and Guinea. An absolutely beautiful place...bit tricky to get to though. We have just wrapped up a training session and installation with a local youth group called PVK, who are installing solar power at their youth centre in support of an upcoming library project. It has been a tough trip, full of small and big challenges but in the end it all came together ( as it does here) and light has come to the town. Heading back ...

AusAID Project Equipment Arrives!

Our long awaited shipment for the AusAID project cleared the port last week and all our equipment is in Freetown and ready to be installed. This project will see us finishing the Hospital and Community Centre in Kamakwie and completing full installations at the Health Centre and Primary School in Kamalo. Both of these towns are in Northern Bombali District and far removed from any grid connections. This is a very exciting and valuable project as the Hospital in Kamakwie is a vital resource for much of the north of the country, serving as a regional hospital for almost 100 ...

Sierra Leone First Renewable Energy Forum

This past week Energy For Opportunity took part in Sierra Leone's first ever Renewable Energy Forum. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and coincided with the official launching of Sierra Leone's Energy policy. Also in attendance at the forum were the Vice President of Sierra Leone, the Director General of UNIDO and representatives from the NGO, Private Sector and Education communities in Sierra Leone who are working in the solar electricity field. It was a very interactive and lively event and it should become a springboard for solar electricity to really move ...

Updates from Kamabai

I'm finally back in the office after almost three straight weeks of up-country work! Good to be able to relax a bit and also a good time to update everyone on the recent work. Most importantly the Kamabai Community Charging Station is up and running and has been formally handed over to the community by ENFO's Mohamed. I managed to get to the site last Sunday and they charged over 100 phones and rented out nearly ten lights that day alone, generating almost Le100000 for the community and starting the process of getting safe and clean solar power ...

Solar Water Pumping Course

ENFO recently welcomed Bernard Glaser from DENG Ltd in Ghana to Sierra Leone to teach a Solar Water Pumping course at Government Technical Institute. This course was made possible through the AusAID grant that is funding some of our work in Kamakwie and Kamalo and has been a great addition to the other courses being offered at the school. The course was being offered primarily to students and staff from the Plumbing programme but also included four lecturers from the Electrical Engineering department and another from the Refrigeration department. In addition to being of interest and directly applicable to work ...

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