LIBERIA: Govt. Discovers 34 Hydropower Sites In Eight Counties

The Government of Liberia has discovered 34 potential sites in eight counties to construct mini-hydropower plants.

The sites are located in Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, River Gee, Rivercess, Nimba, Sinoe and Maryland counties, according to the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) 2014 Annual Report that was released recently.

The report attributes the discovery to the Norwegian-funded program on institutional capacity building and strengthening the energy and water resources sector in Liberia, a program that falls under the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA).

The RREA was established in January 2010 by Executive Order Number 23 to facilitate and accelerate the economic transformation of rural Liberia through the promotion of commercial development and supply of modern energy services to rural areas by using locally available renewable resources.

The LME report cites the 60 kilowatt Yandohun Micro-power plant as a typical illustration of how the planned 34 sites will be developed to benefit thousands of rural residents.

Meanwhile, the report indicates that as part of government's strives to light up public facilities in rural Liberia, it has, with the use of solar power, lighted up the Zorzor Central High School, the immigration checkpoint and other public institutions where electricity is needed. – LINA

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