Solar energy studies in West Africa


IED draws up, on behalf of the WEAMU (West-African Economic and Monetary Union) a plan that aims to develop solar energy as part of the Regional Initiative for Sustainable Development.

The goal, by 2030, is to produce 82% of the electricity needed in the zone from renewable sources.

This involves setting up a long term plan for the development of solar energy.

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In order to reach this goal, it is necessary to make a statement of existing institutions and organisations in each country of the area, the assets of the WAEMU countries in terms of human resources in this sector and to identify sites (local resource and network proximity) and technologies which fit the most the area.

IED is responsible for establishing this statement, and preparing the implementation of pilot projects in the area (technical and economic studies, draft of technical projects, funding schemes, call for bids).

To do so, a report has been written, concerning the economic and financial needs of the project, and its socio-environmental impacts, particularly in terms of CO2 emissions.

The project started in March 2013 with foreseen deadline by the end of the year.

IED brought its expertise regarding solar energy, but also its knowledge of the area, supported by a resident expert in Burkina Faso.


September 2013: OFID-GIZ joint meeting, in Vienna


Anjali SHANKER participated on September 9th in a joint meeting between OFID and GIZ (OPEC Fund for International Development & Deutsche Gesellchaft für Interzionale Zusammenarbeit) as a Board Member of the ARE (Alliance for Rural Electrification). This meeting was about access to modern energy services for rural communities.

Below, the meeting’s agenda 

OFID 2013 AGENDA-1 Page 1

OFID 2013 AGENDA-1 Page 2


September 2013: IED in French "Journal des Entreprises"

An article about IED with an interview of the Chairman Mr Denis RAMBAUD-MEASSON and the Managing Director Ms Anjali SHANKER was published in the French periodical "le Journal des Entreprises". It introduces the firm, its activities, policies, and socio-environmental priorities. 

Article (in French) below and here

Presentation of the CEO and Managing Director here

Article IED parution septembre 2013 dans le Journal des Entreprises

May 2013 : Training on Rural Electrification planning

In the framework of the project IREP, financed by the program Facility Energy Programme of the European Commission, two agents from the Rural Energy Agency of Tanzania, (REA - Countryman Energy Agency) came at the head office of IED in Francheville for a two weeks training on Rural Electrification planning. The programme included :

  • Geographical Information system (GIS)
  • Methodology in Rural Electrification with the tool GEOSIM © (decision-making tool)

The IREP objective is to improve the coordination of rural electrification investments in Tanzania by maximizing the impact of rural electrification on sustainable development through establishing effective cross sectorial investment and planning capacities and instruments using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and GEOSIM as the convening factor.

IED participated in April to a workshop on Rural Electrification in Mynamar

Myanmar T9Several experts from Task 9 "Deployment of PV services for Regional Development" of Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme if the International Energy Agency (IEA -PVPS) - has been invited to participate to a worshop on Rural Electrification in Myanmar in April 2013, organized by ASEAN-RESP and the EUEI Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF).

The main objective of the workshop was to jointly develop recommendations on how to develop an effective ans sustainable rural electrification strategy taking into account regional (ASEAN) and international best practices and lessons learnt. The technologies covered included micro hydropower,solar PV, biogas and biomass.

Anjali Shanker has operating agent, intervened on Policy and Rural Electrification Planning and on Mini Grid Electrification.