Benin: towards the mobile money for the payment of electricity!

Benin: towards the mobile money for the payment of electricity!

The PRERA project, in Benin, aims to access 50,000 new subscribers to the national electricity operator SBEE - between 650 and 800,000 beneficiaries who will benefit directly from electricity for their domestic and social needs. (health, education, etc.) and economic:

- in Calavi, the "dormitory city" of Cotonou with more than one million inhabitants,

- and in 80 villages of the Atlantic Department (on the Calavi-Allada road).

In addition to its crucial role of prime contractor for the control of all works, IED is in charge of the social intermediation of the project, or how to concretely reach the targeted populations, how to make effective new connections to the network? For this, IED has deployed a team of investigators in the field, which between March and August 2018 has already sent on tablet (with GPS referencing) more than 10,000 potential subscribers - households, schools, health centers, micro-entrepreneurs. In parallel, IED is currently putting together an innovative solution to collect connection fees for these new subscribers via mobile money, in partnership with the two mobile operators MTN and MOOV of Benin. A first in Benin, which hopefully will demonstrate to the SBEE that it is also possible to switch to paying bills via mobile money!


35th EU PVSEC Event

The 35th EU PVSEC takes place 24-28 September 2018 in Brussels ( A poster designed by IED will be displayed at this event, on PVPS booth.

Indeed, IED recently completed a PVPS study on PV self-consumption policies comparison in various emerging countries*.

More information: Download the report from (available from October 2018)

*This study is co-financed by ADEME, and results from IED involvement the Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS). PVPS is one of the collaborative R&D Agreements established within the International Energy Agency ( See previous News for further info on the study.   24th September 2018Poster


Training on Energy Information Systems is carried out in Madagascar by IED at the initiative of GIZ and the PERER program.

20 participants from the Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons (MEH), the Rural Electrification Development Agency (ADER), the Electricity Regulatory Office (ORE), the Malagasy Office of Hydrocarbons (OMH) ) and JIRAMA are trained on the implementation of an EIS, in an intensive training cycle that includes 6 modules of one week each. (Between May and September 2018).

At the end of the training, the group of participants with the support of IED, will be responsible for building the National Energy Assessment 2017 of Madagascar, as well as prepare the establishment of the SIE of Madagascar.

14th September 2018

Formation Mada

Start of extension works for the Sra Em biomass plant (Cambodia)

Developed by IED Invest with financial support from FFEM (French Fund for World Environment) and EEP (Energy & Environment Partnership) Mekong, IED provided project management assistance and project management for this gasification plant which makes it possible to recover wood waste from logging operations in the region.

The target capacity for this first installment was 600 kW. But following the commissioning of the first gas generators and an optimization work carried out in collaboration with the local manufacturer, the unit capacity of the gas generators could be increased to 250 kW (against 150 kW initially), while reducing the rates of tars in the gas produced.

As a result, given the power generation capacity (700 kW), only three out of four gas generators are operated in parallel to date. In order to value the totality of the gas production capacity, IED Invest has decided to add 3 generators and to double the existing lift station. The goal is to reach an installed capacity of 1 MW.

The first tranche of the Sra Em plant has been fully operational since March 2018, and to date more than 2 GWh have been injected into the national network operated by EDC. The commissioning of this plant, located at the end of the line, has improved the voltage plan in the area while allowing EDC to allocate more power to other departures of the source station that were previously unloaded.

Expansion of the engine room began in mid-July, and contracts with generators and substation suppliers are being signed. The ramp-up to 1 MW is scheduled for October / November 2018.

3rd August 2018

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Busuanga Renewable Energy Development (BRED) project:

On January 30th 2018, the final report on the feasibility of establishing a hybrid renewable energy facility (Solar-Biomass) on the Island of Busuanga was presented.

The final workshop illustrates the strong involvement of institutional partners at national (DENR, DOE, NEA) and local levels (Provincial Governement of Palawan, PSCD, Electric Cooperative BISELCO, mayors of municipalities of Coron and Busuanga), as well of operators and industrials (Green Missionary Energy, CIPC, Schneider Electric, Enertime, Enertech, Bocard, Solenergy, Sirea,…) that expressed interest for being part of the project.

This study was conducted between august 2015 and december 2017 by IED, with the financial support of the French Ministry of Finance (FASEP) for the DENR and managed by PCSD.

Tourism and industrial development have a major impact on increase in power demand in Busuanga. It is expected that energy demand will grow from 24 GWh in 2017 to 54 GWh in the year 2036, and peak load from 4.4 to 10.0 MW. The current installed capacity of the private power producer on the island, CIPC is 7,7 MW of HFO and 0,9 MW of diesel and will not be sufficient to meet demand within the next 5 years

The main activities performed by IED’s team consist of :

  • Assess the future electricity demand using a disaggregated bottom up approach;
  • Make a diagnosis of existing facilities and commitments
  • Evaluate local potentials of renewable energy and the conditions for their uses;
  • Identify technical solutions to achieve a high penetration rate of renewable energy;
  • Assess the technical and economic feasibility of the proposed solutions;
  • Carry out detailed studies of chosen plans;
  • Evaluate the economic viability and develop an adapted business model for project developers.

Following the study of different scenarii for integrating the renewable energy in Busuanga’s energy mix, the optimized generation plan is based on “step by step” implementation strategy:

  • Step 0: Reference scenario with only existing capacity
  • Step 1: Installation of a LFO power plant of 1.25 MW in 2018, considering the imminent risk of outages
  • Step 2: Installation of a 2.5 MWp added in 2019
  • Step 3: Installation of a storage system of 1.5 MWh in 2019
  • Step 4: PV and storage capacity double in 2023
  • Step 5: Installation of a 2 MW biomass power plant in 2020
  • Step 4: Biomass power plant capacity double in 2024

The proposed generation plan enables to achieve :

  • High RE penetration (54% in average over a 20-year period)
  • While improving system reliability, the cumulated shortage hours for 2018-2036 decreasing from 25 100 to 350 hours only)
  • Without negative impact on overall production cost, with a slight decrease of the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE).

The implementation scheme for the Busuanga renewable energy hybrid is to set up a joint venture between BISELCO, the Electric Cooperative which would be the leader, Green Missionary Energy (GME) from the Association of Island Electric Cooperatives (AIEC), and IED- Invest (foreign and minority shareholder).

The current project offers high prospects for replication in the Philippines:

  • The innovative hybrid scheme, with a “smart micro grid controller” offers potential for numerous islands in the country;
  • Having dedicated plantations for a small biomass unit is a win-win, for the biomass power plant which controls its feedstock and for ensuring the sustainability of the reforestation scheme;
  • A Public Private Partnership Joint Venture with an Electric Cooperative, which is a clear policy priority for NEA and DOE.
  • Sustainable model for plantations projects made viable thanks to pellet exports.