Benin: laying the foundation stone for the Abomey-Calavi power grid restructuration project and the electrification of the Atlantic Department

The launch ceremony for the SBEE network restructuring and extension project in the municipality of Abomey-Calavi and the Atlantic Department  (PRERA) was held on 06 March 2020. This project is part of the modernization of the energy sector and better access to electricity in Benin.


IED is responsible for  technicalmanagement, as well as social intermediation activities with regard to subscribers  (census, subscription management, geolocation, etc.).

The ceremony was attended by many officials  and personalities  and was presided over by Energy Minister  Monsieur  Dona Jean-Claude HOUSSOU.


The objective of this project, which includes the construction of 63/20 kV substations at COCOCODJI and AKASSATO, as well as the construction of a 63 kV underground link and a reinforcement of the electricity grids in the municipality of Abomey-Calavi, is to develop the rate of increased access to electricity in the Atlantic department up to 50%, to improve the availability and the quality of electricity, to make networks more reliable and ensure better voltage distribution and stability while reducing the frequency and the duration of power cuts. It aims to connect more than 50,000 new subscribers to the SBEE network.

This project is financed for an amount up to 65.3 billion CFA francs by the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union and the Benin Electric Energy Company (SBEE).


In Cameroon, the construction of the Little Hydroelectric Power Plant of Mbakaou Carrière continues for the moment, the project was in the spotlight in the Cameroonian press (Cameroon Tribune of 24-03-2020)



This project launched at the end of June 2019 in  Cameroon is carried by the IED group, the Ministry of Energy of Cameroon, the Rural Electricity Agency, ARSEL , the company ENEO, with financial support from the European Union and a loan from the bank BGFI.

The French Global Environment Fund, invest's historic partner in Asia, is also supporting this project, which will benefit thousands of users while preserving the environment.

In Cameroon, the construction of the Little Hydroelectric Power Plant of Mbakaou Carrière continues for the moment, work is still in progress.


25 years anniversary of the FFEM : Innovating for Sustainable Development : scale-up of effective solutions with an integrated approach to sustainable development.

logo ffemOn March 5, 2020 Anjali Shanker, Managing Director of IED and member of the Scientific and Technical Committee participated in the 25th anniversary of the FFEM (The French Facility for Global Environment)  with Sabrina Krief, primatologist professor at the Museum of Natural History, Sébastien Treyer Director General of the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations, Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the FFEM and Thomas Landrain co-founder and chairman of the One.


In her speech, Anjali Shanker DG of IED praised the rare quality of listening and the flexibility shown by the FFEM in its many initiatives supporting sustainable development. All too often, these initiatives face blockages such as over-regulation that annihilates initiatives or the complexity of financial closures and the risk aversion of funders.

Sustainable development has historically been at the heart of our approach. IED is working closely with the FFEM to undertake innovative actions on sustainable development, which is reflected  in the project of  venergy energy development of agricultural industries waste through the local appropriation and deploymentof gasogens in Côte d'Ivoire, Benin and West Africa.

The objective of this project is to develop a viable solution for the recovery of agricultural and agro-industrial waste, for powers of 200kWe to 2MWe, with a strong impact on local economies, employment, local environment and climate change, through a transfer of manufacturing and operating know-how already operational in Cambodia.

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Cameroon: IED contributes to the development of the SONATREL power distribution Network.

In December 2019, IED began a World Bank funded project to study the upgrade and the development of the Electricity Transport Network in Cameroon.

The project’s main goal is to create an interconnection between the power distribution networks of the North and South regions and also to create on the one hand, an interconnection between Cameroon and Chad and on the other, between Cameroon and Nigeria.

It is a structuring project that will improve the quality of the electricity served in Cameroon and will enable the export of the electricity produced in Cameroon to Chad and Nigeria.

IED reinforces its permanent presence and its commitment to development projects in Cameroon through its local subsidiary IEDInvest Cameroon.

IED supports rural electrification projects in Kenya

An IED team went to three fisher villages in Kenya on the shores of Lake Victoria at the end of January 2020, to collect and gather information in order to electrify these three sites.image pour news

The project to electrify these sites, carried out by a local developer, aims to equip each village with a 100% photovoltaic power plant and a mini-grid.

This mission is a part of the Green Mini Grid Kenya program,  a program to support the development of mini-grids powered by renewable energy in Kenya, funded by UK cooperation.Collecte Point GPS

Since 2016, IED has been carrying out regular technical assistance missions under this program, and regularly commission field experts to oversee and implement techSysteme pilotenical works and studies.