The off-grid electricity access project of the MCA Benin-II program ended on June 22, 2023. This project represents nearly 6 years of work consisting of setting up first a friendly environment to off-grid electricity in Benin, then through the "Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility" (OCEF), to support private investment in off-grid in Benin. Through OCEF, it is more than 40,000 solar products which have been sold/distributed by the private sector and more than 50 mini-grids will be commissioned by the end of 2023 by 3 private operators.
IED Consult had the pleasure to follow the project for MCA Benin-II as a technical assistant to :
- Develop a master plan, a national strategy, and a regulatory framework for off-grid electrification, adopted by the Government of Benin at the end of 2018 ; strengthen the national institutions capacities to regulate and monitor mini-network actvities ;
- Support the implementation of the regulatory framework with national institutions (signature of concessions agreement, work monitoring until commissioning) ;
- Support the project capitalization
A workshop to capitalize on the off-grid regulatory framework and its implementation was organized by MCA Benin II on 26 and 27 July 2023 at the Azalaï Hotel in Cotonou. This workshop aim was to share the lessons learned during the project 6 years duration, leading to recommendations and a roadmap for each of the institutions directly involved in the implementation, to improve and sustain the regulatory framework for off-grid electrification.