Approval of Regulatory Framework Deree

The Decree on the Regulatory Framework for Off-Grid Electrification in the Republic of Benin was approved by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, October 3, 2018!

This decree is the culmination of an initiative begun in 2017 to provide people in remote areas of Benin, which can not be connected to the national power grid for many years, in viable and financially accessible electrical services.

This initiative of the Beninese government, supported by the "Access to Energy" project of the Second Compact, funded by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCC), implemented by IED, led to the development of:

- An innovative off-grid electrification policy using renewable energies (especially solar photovoltaic), smart prepayment metering (to control its consumption according to its payment capacity), and private sector operators for the financing, installation and operation of electrification solutions,

- A master plan for off-grid electrification, offering for all municipalities in Benin (around 1.2 million people) the options offered: mini networks powered by solar power plants or individual solutions for solar kits and lamps. Beneficiaries, households, social infrastructure (schools, health centers, police stations, etc.), rural entrepreneurs, will all benefit from the improvement of their domestic comfort, education, health and safety services. , public lighting and installations of drilling / pumping equipment promoting access to water (drinking and irrigation).

- Regulatory framework for off-grid electrification, defining and controlling the activities of private operators, who will have exploitation titles granted by the licensing authority, in this case the Beninese Rural Electrification Agency (ABERME), after obtaining the assent of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ARE).


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

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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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