Inauguration of the commissioning of the electricity grids of 24 communities of the ZIRO, and symbolic installation of the first solar panels of the Cassou power plant


The ceremony to commission the power grids of 24 ZIRO communities composed in lot 1 and 2 of the electrical grid component of the ERD ZIGO project in Burkina Faso took place on Thursday 03 September 2020 in Cassou, province of ZIRO.

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The commissioning ceremony was coupled with the symbolic installation of the first solar panels of the Cassou power plant as part of the same project.



The ceremony was presided by the Minister of Energy, Mr. Bashir Ishmael OUEDRAOGO, with the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic. Were also present the first leaders of the various departments responsible for the implementation of the electrification programme of the Burkinabe government : the General Director of SONABEL (National Electricity Society of Burkina Faso), his counterparts from the ABER (Burkinabe Rural Administration Agency, ex Fonds of Development of Electrification -FDE), and ANEREE (National Agency for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency), and the president of the ABER Administration Board

The first managers of the companies in charge of the works were also present: the General Administrator of PPI (lot 1 networks and lot 2 solar power plant: Matiacoali), its counterpart of SIMEEEL (Lots 2 and 4 networks), theGeneral Director of BTSI (Lot 3 networks), the General Director of Sahel Energy Solar, grouping with SAGEMCOM (lot 1 solar power plant: Cassou).

As a reminder, the ZIGO project financed by the European Union and the ABER (Burkinabe Rural Electricity Agency) consists of the electrification of 45 localities, 14 of which are in the province of Gourma (East region) and 31 in that of Ziro (Central West region); by the constructionof m

edium voltage and low voltage distribution networks  aimed at  connecting 31,000 inhabitants, more than 5,000 households. The availability of energy will be supported by the construction of two solar injection plants, the first panels of which have just been installed in Cassou and one in Matiakoali (work in progress), allowing to develop and energize the local economy.


National television report, broadcast on the 13H newspaper of 04/09/2020 of the national television:

Videos of the speeches of the Mayor of Cassou, the Ambassador of the European UnionE in Burkina Faso andtheDirectorGeneralof the ABER



In Côte d'Ivoire, the project ECLERIVOIRE is in progress

EclerivoireThe ECLERIVOIRE project, funded by the European Union, is part of the 11th EDF of the ENERGOS II programme, which includes a component "Decentralized rural electrification by renewable energy" and an "Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings" component. The company IED (Energy Innovation and Development) is driving the mastery of the project and CI-ENERGIES the mastery of the project works.

The objective of the "Decentralized Rural Electrification by renewable energy" component is to provide off-grid electrification solutions from renewable energy to rural communities. It plans to build autonomous networks powered by hybrid solar power plants (photovoltaics/generators with energy storage batteries) and the installation of individual photovoltaic systems.


Since the project was launched in February 2020, a feasibility study has been directed in Côte d'Ivoire in 22 rural communities in the departments of Biankouma, Korhogo, Koro, Minignan, Odienné, Ouaninou, Tiassalé and Touba, which are not currently connected to the network.

At the end of this study, 10 villages and their camps were selected for the work, a total of 15 sites with PV power plants and 23 camps electrified by solar kits. The picketing of the medium voltage and low voltage networks was completed at the end of August 2020 by IED and SAGEMCOM, despite the Covid crisis and chaotic local roads, making it sometimes quite hectic to transport materials to their destinations.


The new version DAP 4 (2020) now available!

DAPV4Based on the concern that it is fundamental to predict, at best, the demand for electricity at a territorial level, this in order to better anticipate and plan investments in production the DAP software was developed more than 25 years ago and is since extensively experimented with large institutions and companies renowned in the market. In order to overcome the lack of modern tools fully adapted to the actors of the energy sector (national institutions, electricity companies, distribution companies, etc.) and to plan and evaluate actions in Demand Forecast, DAP has been completely modernized in 2020 to face efficiently the current increasing exigent challenges. The DAP solution allows different demand forecasting scenarios to be simulated and compared using various statistical methods, in order to anticipate sectoral and/or regional energy needs. The Demand Forecast mode also predicts the effects of national policies on the evolution of demand.

DAP 4 is now fully integrated with the new GAP 4 version released in 2019 to provide a truly unique decision-making platform for energy supply and demand analysis and planning, the integration of variable renewable energy and the planning of the expansion of the production fleet.

Software easy to set up in a single click, DAP uses the latest technologies to offer planners and decision makers quick business results through a modern and user-friendly interface.

The DAP 2020 version can now be tested for free on our Download Space..

To know more about solutions developed by IED : IED SOLUTIONS

Work is in progress on the Mbakaou Carrière hydroelectric power plant construction site

On June 20, 2019, IED INVEST, as project developer and IPP (Independent Power Producer), officially launched the construction of the small hydroelectric power plant in Mbakaou Carrière (1.4 MW, 11.2 GWh/year) in Cameroon, in partnership with the IED Group, the Ministry of Energy of Cameroon (MINEE), the Rural Electricity Agency, ARSEL (regulation), ENEO (distribution), with financial support from the European Union, the French Fund for the World Environment and the pre-financing of the bank BGFI.



A year later, the work is in progress, and the Civil Engineering of the water intake and canal is almost completed. The production of the majority of electromechanical equipment is achieved and the first shipments are arriving at Douala port. Work has also begun to install 40 km of MT/BT power grid.


The Mbakaou hydropower plant commissioning is scheduled for early 2021.

Finalization of the Development Plan Transport Electricity Distribution Horizon 2040 for Gabon

IED has just finalized the update of the Development Plan Production Transmission Electricity Distribution Horizon 2040 for Gabon.


This study, which began in 2019, focused on forecasting national demand (integrating the government's emerging Gabon vision with all major economic projects under development), planning production facilities for Gabon's 5 interconnected networks, and the future National Electricity Transport Network including the planning of a large hydroelectric generation fleet to meet the strong growth in electricity demand while guaranteeing the price of electricity kWh the lowest and meeting Gabon's commitments in terms of renewable energy penetration and limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

The study included an important Transport and Distribution component to detail the conditions production and consumption centres will be linked by the construction of the future National Electricity Transport Network and has benefited from the simulations carried out using the specialised GAP software for the analysis and planning of energy generation.

Regarding the actual exceptional sanitary crisis, making impossible to carry out on-site restitution missions, three 3 hours video conferences about the restitutions have been organized. They brought together the high-level representatives of the Gabonese Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Economy, the World Bank, SEEG, the Heritage Society, the FGIS, and the environmental protection NGO TNC. During these restitutions, the various stakeholders were able to provide feedback on the work carried out and validated the study.