IED works on capacity building in Benin

Three weeks of training were organized in IED premises in Cotonou on rural electrification planning using the GEOSIM software. This training was provided for officials from the Beninese Agency for Rural Electrification and Energy Management, the Beninese Electricity Company of the Ministry of Energy and the Regulatory Agency of Benin. The training was conducted over three weeks and covered the following topics.

-Mastery of geographic information systems: establishment and consolidation of georeferenced databases at the nation20190301 133933al level.

-Spatial analysis: establishment of a priority order among the localities to be electrified according to their development potential calculated on the basis of the presence of socio-economic infrastructures.

-Demand forecasting: forecasting energy consumption and peak power demand for all the villages concerned using a bottom-up method.

-Planning of medium voltage network extensions, optimal layout of electricity distribution lines, establishment of an investment plan, electrical validation of proposed extensions.

-Planning of mini-grid power options powered by renewable energies or gensets. Covered were Hydroelectric, Biomass and Solar-PV technologies.

-Pre-electrification needs studies for the last isolated localities not covered by the previous components.

At the end of this training, trainees were able to carry out nationwide planning for rural electrification for Benin. Visio-Conferences distance learning sessions are planned for the coming months.


IED trains SENELEC staff

As part of the capacity building program initiated at the end of 2018 in Dakar, IED currently hosts 2 delegations from SENELEC (Senegal national electricity company) for several training sessions held throughout February and March 2019. The training focuses on Geographic Information Systems and the dimensioning of distribution network and electrical calculation, and will enable SENELEC staff to better control the technical issues related to the deployment and maintenance of distribution networks under the responsibility of the national company with in particular the use of specialized tools (GIS database, GISELEC software ...).

This training time also allowed for bilateral meetings with French industries in the sector and visits to the Smartgrid (ENEDIS) and Rural Electrification (MICHAUD) showrooms.

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Technical Assistance to the SUNREF Cameroon program.

The SUNREF Cameroon program is a financing scheme for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the private sectors.
The promoters of renewable energies and EE projects benefit from the bank of banks of commercial loans of advantageous conditions.
Commercial banks refinance themselves on a line of credit from the French Development Agency (AFD). The IED / BURGEAP consortium is a consultant to the Interregional CAMEROON Group (GICAM) for the implementation of SUNREF
technical assistance. The project office has been in operation since 19 November.
The SUNREF program is set up for 3 years (2021).

28th Pollutec Event

The 28th Pollutec event will be held in Lyon from 27 to 30 November. Pollutec is an event gathering 2200 exhibitors from of environment and energy sectors

Tenerrdis, as a national energy cluster in which IED is a member, participates in this event.

Meet Tenerrdis energy cluster at booth 4-K166!

 You will find numerous information on Tenerrdis members’ and activities; e.g. information on a study* conducted by IED on net-metering, a billing mechanism for electricity consumption which does not exist in France but which is implemented in many other countries and which could represent commercial opportunities for some local companies.

*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. 16/11/2018

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Nairobi, Kenya – The Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya (GMG Facility), a financing program aiming at the promotion of private initiatives in green mini-grids has today launched its second call for proposals in August 2018.  The GMG Facility supports mini grid projects and ultimately enhancing access to energy, supporting economic development while improving the wellbeing of the most vulnerable populations in Kenya.

Starting in 2016, IED engaged with stakeholders in Kenya and launched the first call for proposals resulting in technical assistance and grant awards.  Technical assistance was provided to developers of green mini-grid projects.  The TA includes feasibility studies, demand assessments, tariff studies, business and financial modeling, environmental impact assessment, and community advisory services.  Eur5million in grant funding is under contract with an additional Eur3.9 grant funds available to provide assistance to GMG projects.   

About the Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya

The GMG Facility is funded by DFID and co-funded by the European Union Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, and provides grants and technical assistance for promoting private sector mini grid development in Kenya. The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is the implementing partner of the Facility.  AFD has contracted with Innovation Energie Développement (IED), and is leading the day to day operations of the Facility as the Managing Entity, in association with I-DEV and Practical Action Consulting.

The Kenyan Constitution recognizes access to energy as a basic human right. Subsequently, the Kenyan Government is committed to ensuring that all Kenyans have this access by the year 2020, in line with Vision 2030. The GMG Facility was established to support the Government’s commitment towards Kenya’s electrification, and is expected to transform the lives of no less than 100,000 Kenyans who currently do not have access to modern energy services.

The GMG Facility is providing Output-based Grants and Technical Assistance to mini grid developers in Kenya. These Investment and Connection-based Grants will help developers scale their ongoing projects, whereas the Technical Assistance provides support to mini-grid developers during feasibility, development and execution phases of mini grid development.

For more information contact:

The Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya managing entity: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the GMG Facility Kenya visit: