Niger: IED contributes to the development

Despite the prevailing insecurity in Niger, IED keeps contributing to the country’s growth. In November 2019, IED began a seven-month study on rural electrification. This is the third ongoing project of the firm in Niger, which strengthen its presence throughout the country.

The first one started in January. It was aimed to geo-referenced several cities in order to improve network management and quality of service of the Electricity Utility of Niger. Four months later, IED launched another project of solar photovoltaic hybridization work on existing diesel plants. It will increase the quality of electricity service and its access for unserved households and businesses, while reducing diesel consumption.

At the end of the year, IED was requested by the French Development Agency and the G5 Sahel to carry out a preliminary project summary study that will be used to increase access to modern energy services in 250 villages located in strong insecurity areas.

These three projects contribute to strengthen development dynamics in Sahel, and thus to combat the growing insecurity in this region.

Mission in Namibia: first steps of the project

20191120 105827In July 2019, IED started a project supported by the World Bank and aiming to conduct a least cost geospatial electrification plan in Namibia. The realization of this national strategy will be used by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy for its rural electrification plan.

In mid-November, IED members went to the Department’s office in Windhoek to present the inception report to the stakeholders. Thus, they could validate together the approach taken for the conception of the plan. They also spent half of a day to train the local key players of the energy industry on Geographical Information System (GIS).

Finally, they visited rural and suburban sites in the North of the country with the aim of completing the data collection by checking the existing facilities and analyzing the site layout.

Our team will go back to Namibia in March 2020 to present the draft planning. Stay tuned!

Development of the monitoring-evaluation and impact assessment in Kenya

IMG 27821IMG 27801Members of the IED team gathered in Kenya in late November 2019 with a view to start monitoring the Green Mini Grid (GMG) project. This complementary activity called Internal Monitoring & Evaluation Program (IMEP) will be used for measuring performance, impact and outcomes of the mini-grids on renewable energy installed in Kenya.

Monitoring will be divided into two stages:

  • December 2019 : Current state of play through a survey based on a sample of the Kenyan population
  • July 2020 : Impact assessment by means of a second survey based on the same sample in order to compare with the initial situation

During the inception week, French and Kenyan staff members of IED congregated to define relevant indicators for the study. Then, they laid out IMEP to the stakeholders. Finally, a capacity-building workshop was organized with those who will lead the survey, in particular on the use of touchscreen tablet used for the surveys.

IMEP has two key advantages: not only it will inform the donors and other relevant stakeholders on the results of the program and its impact but it will also provide good practices for future interventions in Kenya!

IED joined the Smart Grids Institute

Logo Institut Smart GridIED became a member of the Smart Grids Institute since October 2019.

This institute works in cooperation with various actors implemented in the region of Auvergne-Rhône Alpes (France) in the Smart Grids sector. It provides relevant trainings on Smart Grids and promotes innovation and industrial development by their accompaniment and the pool of expertise for energy projects.

Asian and African countries in which IED operates are facing serious energy development challenges. These issues include the evolution, reinforcement and improvement of the transportation and distribution networks but also the access to electricity through the development of Mini-Grids. In order to respond to the needs of these countries while developing sustainable energy, the Smart Grids solutions are essentials.

By joining the Smart Grids Institute, IED have now access to its network. This will enable IED to share expertise and experimentation with the other members and stay up to the technologies and appropriate solutions to each local situation. It will also stimulate collaboration with the other partner on futures worldwide projects. Furthermore, IED will be able to offer pertinent trainings for its team and international partners.

For more information about the Smart Grids Institute

Benin : End of "Geographical Information System" training cycle

20190919 110233In 2019 in Benin, IED has trained 12 managers of electric sector on how to use Manifold GIS software to manage geo-referenced data. Participants attended four one-week sessions, at IED offices in Cotonou. This training took place as part of an Off Grid project funded by the US Millennium Challenge.
 Through progessive workouts they got familiar with the different functions fof a GIS-software:
- Data import from multiple sources (GPS, spreadsheet, other GIS formats)
- Digitization of data, from paper maps or satellite views
- Layout and edition of maps
- Spatial analysis that allow, for example, automatic calculation of distances between the different elements of the map
IED also supported the participants in establishing procedures for updating their GIS database.
All these skills will enable institutions to manage Benin's electricity sector data in a harmonized way - in a software that everyone can handle, and in order to optimize available  tools to electrify Benin.