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Sierra Leone Minister of Finance and Economic Development signs loan agreement for Solar Park Freetown

July 1, 2014 9:11 am

Sierra Leone Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (http://mofed.gov.sl) is pleased to announce that Sierra Leone has won the first call for proposals for the prestigious International Renewable Energy Agency / Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA / ADFD) financing facility; and have signed the 6MW Freetown Solar Park project which will target urban and western rural districts around the capital, Freetown.

This is a landmark Renewable Energy Project in West Africa, adding valuable and needed clean electricity to the grid.

“Pursuant to actualizing the vision of H.E. President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, we wish on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone to thank Mr. Siray Timbo, Special Envoy of H.E. The President and Ambassador to the UAE; the Ministry of Energy; Mr Bahige Annan, The Consul General of Sierra Leone in Dubai and Mr. Filip Matwin, General Manager of Advanced Science and Innovation Company (ASIC) LLC / OGI, for coordinating and putting together the winning bid. ASIC/OGI will facilitate co-financing and management of the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy,” said Dr Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone

The $18m clean energy project includes institutional and critical human resource arrangements for sustainable management of the facility. We would like to extend our gratitude to IRENA for coordinating the selection process, the ADFD for extending $9m as part funding to the Government of Sierra Leone and ASIC/OGI that will coordinate additional $9m as private equity. The project will place Sierra Leone on the global map of Renewable Energy; and further strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the Governments of Sierra Leone and the United Arab Emirates.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Republic of Sierra Leone.