Submission of the Sao Tomé Green Energy Acceleration Plan to the Ministry of Energy


In February, IED and its partners TPF and GME, finalized the Power Sector Development Master Plan for the island of São Tomé that had been presented last October to the Ministry of Energy of Sao Tome.

Thanks to this document, the Government of São Tomé will be able to develop its electricity system in compliance with its commitments to reduce CO2 emissions, and improve the quality of supply while reducing the cost of electricity for end consumers.


The future electricity mix of Sao Tome optimized by the IED teams will be based on the development of the many hydroelectric sites present on the island as well as on the deployment of an ambitious solar program supplemented by storage and finally, by the transition of thermal power plants to natural gas. Natural gas has indeed been preferred to heavy fuel oil and diesel because it emits less CO2 and will allow a more competitive electricity cost.

By 2030, according to our experts' calculations, two-thirds of the electricity produced in Sao Tome will be renewable and this proportion will be maintained in the future until the horizon of the study: 2050.

The energy transition in Côte d'Ivoire underway!

As part of the "Energos II" program, aiming to rehabilitate Côte d'Ivoire's electricity sector and ensure its energy security in a sustainable way, IED organized in Grand-Bassam a training course from 20 to 24 February 2023, on the management of intermittency related to the integration of renewable energies into electricity systems.


The objective of this training is to strengthen the understanding and ability to assess the impacts related to the injection of intermittent energy into the electricity system and, ultimately, to maximize the penetration of renewable energies in Côte d'Ivoire.

The fifteen participants from the Directorate General of Energy (DGE), Côte d'Ivoire Energies, the National Regulatory Authority of the Electricity Sector of Côte d'Ivoire (ANARE-CI) and the European Union Cooperation Coordination Unit (CCCCI/EU) took all the training modules focusing in particular the operating methods of management and mitigation of intermittences, the economic and financial impacts induced and also the studies of integration of renewable energy sources applied from modeling and simulations.


Côte d'Ivoire is now ready to accelerate its energy transition!

Do you know the "Solar Cookers for Refugees" project?

IED’s staff trips abroad in order to monitor the good execution and achievements of IED’s many projects in various countries, generated the emission of 117 tons of CO2 for the year 2022.

Sticking to its values of preserving the environment and the climate and favoring the living conditions improvements of vulnerable populations, IED is committed to offsetting its annual carbon emissions by supporting projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.

This year this is the "Solar Cookers for Refugees" project led by Fair Climate Fund and certified by Gold Standard in Chad that IED has decided to support to offset its carbon emissions in 2022.

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This project is particularly aimed at women who have fled civil war-ravaged Darfur to Chad, and promotes the creation of small associations that manufacture and distribute "solar cookers" locally. In addition to provide an income for the women working there, it exempts them from the wood "chores". As wood is a rare resource, its use can be the source of conflict in this region so these free-wood "solar cookers" are guarantees of peace and represent a saving of time, safety, health and significant reduction of CO2 emissions related to cooking.

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Happy anniversary to the Mbakaou power plant !

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Today is the first anniversary of the commissioning of the Small Hydroelectric Power Plant (PCH) of Mbakaou Carrière (1.49 MW) & associated power lines, in Cameroon, carried by IED INVEST CAMEROON, as project developer and IPP - Independent Power Producer.

Indeed, the final acceptance of the facilities of the PCH of Mbakaou took place on March 09, 2022, marking the beginning of its commercial operation period, and after the successful test phase, the commissioning and the probationary march of the plant which was inaugurated on April 14, 2022.  

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This first year of its operation is marked by an availability rate of 99% and an optimum quality of service to users. With a production capacity of 1.49 MW, the electricity generated by the Mbakaou power plant benefits neighboring localities, thus allowing the development of income-generating activities and improving the daily lives of the inhabitants.


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The construction of the future biomass plant in Benin is well on the track

The equipment of the first biomass gasification plant built by IED Invest in Benin is currently being transported to the site.

The cashew hull gasification system and the two generators for the TOLARO self-production plant left the manufacturing workshops in Cambodia at the end of January to make a long cargo trip to Benin !



IED Invest's technical team visited the site at the beginning of February to prepare the equipment assembly site and manage the interfaces with the company that is finalizing the civil works.


The installation of the first equipment is scheduled for the end of March, for commissioning of the plant at the beginning of May 2023.

This project, co-financed by the OCEF facility of MCA-Benin 2, aims to transform agro-industrial waste into electricity to meet the needs of the plant, and thus improve the competitiveness of the local processing sector and limit its impact on the environment.


The Agrogazelec project  carried out with the support of the FFEM facilitated the adaptation of the technology to the cashew hull, and made it possible to train TOLARO agents on the Sra Em power plant operated by IED Invest in Cambodia.