ECREEE and IRENA start a capacity needs assessment for clean energy mini-grids in the ECOWAS region

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), have started a clean energy mini-grids capacity needs assessment in West Africa, as a first step towards the expansion of a joint capacity building support to ECOWAS member states.

Training Institutions of SOLtrain West Africa meet SOLtrain in Southern Africa

From L - R: Kokouvi Edem  NTsoukpoe - partner 2ie Burkina, Ababacar Thiam - partner Anta Diop University, Senegal Mahama Kappiah – Executive Director of ECREEE, Werner Weiß - AEE INTEC and TA, Brigitte Oeppinger - Austrian Ambasssador in South Africa, Wolfgang Moser -  Austrian seconded expert to SADC, Robert Zeiner - head of international programs, ADA Austrian Development Agency

Two SOLtrain programs are running, covering 11 African countries and training them in solar thermal water heating and drying of agricultural products.  The SOLtrain solar thermal energy training and demonstration program in Southern Africa started in 2009 and is now starting its 3rd phase, covering 6 countries.

ECREEE and UN Women Hold International Press Conference, Launching the ECOW-GEN Facility

Panelists at the Press Conference

On 12 October 2015, ECREEE and the UN Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) held an International Press Conference to launch the ECOWAS Facility for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (ECOW-GEN Facility).


Praia, 1st October 2015 – The project is launched to support the Agency for the Promotion of Electrification in Rural Areas of Niger (ANPER) to conceive an inclusive National Master Plan to accelerate rural electrification activities in Niger, which among other objectives, will allow the Government of Niger to reinforce its capacities to collect accurate data to monitor and follow up the plan implementation. The project, implemented by ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), is developed in the framework of the APIA program of the Spanish Cooperation to support Inclusive Public Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. APIA is jointly managed by the Spanish International Development Agency (AECID) and The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).

Supporting the development of hydropower plant in Guinea-Bissau

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) today approved a grant worth approximately USD 1 million to support the development of a hydropower plant with an estimated capacity of 20 MW at Salthino in Guinea-Bissau. SEFA is a multi-donor facility funded by the governments of Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States, and hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Call for Proposals for Gender-responsive Clean Energy Investments in the ECOWAS Region- Applications Open on 12 October 2015

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and its partners are teaming together to establish a small grant facility to provide technical and financial support to upscale the deployment of projects that simultaneously promote gender equality and improve energy access in the region.


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is launching a Research Grant Program and is inviting research teams to submit proposals for policy research in any of the energy fields (e.g. energy technologies, energy finance, energy economics, energy policy, energy and the environment/climate change, energy and development, energy law etc.) Teams will receive a grant amount of not more than €1500 to contribute to the formulation of evidence-based energy policies or strategies in the region.

1st German Energy Business Mission with the topic “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies for the Development Cape Verde”

1ª Missão Empresarial Alemã com o tema “Eficiência Energética e Energias Renováveis para o desenvolvimento em Cabo Verde”

The German-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lisbon is organising, in close cooperation with the Directorate General for Energy of Cape Verde (DGE) and with the support of Cape Verde Investments (CI), the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Sotavento and Barlavento, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the German consultant RENAC (Renewables Academy), the 1st Business Mission for German companies in Cape Verde. This initiative will take place between the 12th and 16th of October 2015 and is coordinated with the activities of the 1st Cape Verde International Fair for Renewable Energies.

ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum

From the 14th to18th of September 2015, over two hundred participants from the governments, high level policy and decision makers, project promoters, investors and international partners, as well as private sector players and civil society from within the ECOWAS region gathered for the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum in Abidjan.