Praia, 19 July 2017- Energy experts and senior decision makers from across the ECOWAS region have concluded a three-day Summit in the Senegalese Capital Dakar.

Experts discussed “Renewable Energy Investment” at Banjul Consultative Meeting

A two-day consultation meeting on “Renewable Energy Investment” was held in Banjul under the auspices of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, ECREEE. The synergy was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum of the Gambia in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO). The Executive Director of ECREEE, Mahama Kappiah who presided over the meeting described the energy sector as crucial for job creation.

ECOWAS validates its regional Directive on Gender Assessments in Energy Projects

Energy experts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) validated and adopted the ECOWAS Directive on Gender Assessments in Energy Projects, during a 3-day workshop held from 26 – 28 June 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

UNIDO, ECREEE and Sao Tomé e Príncipe join efforts to scale-up renewable energy and energy efficiency

SÃO TOMÉ, 13 July 2017 – UNIDO, the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Government of Sao Tomé e Príncipe agreed on the main pillars of a strategic programme, finance by the Global Environment Facility, to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country.  


Following the Austrian World Summit, on June 20th in Vienna, ECREEE signed a high-level partnership with R20, in order to better carry out the value chain of identification, development and financing of sub-national green infrastructure projects. After the signing, these partners were received by the R20 Founding Chair, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who personally thanked them for their contribution to furthering the mission.

Another Record Breaking Year for Renewable Energy: More renewable energy capacity for less money

Record power capacity of 161 GW added, for 23% less investment (USD 241.6 billion)

Today REN21 published its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (GSR), the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy.

Additions in installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 gigawatts (GW) installed, increasing total global capacity by almost 9% over 2015, to nearly 2,017 GW. Solar PV accounted for around 47% of the capacity added, followed by wind power at 34% and hydropower at 15.5%.

ECOWAS meeting to validate the regional directive on gender and energy

From 26 to 28 June 2017, representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will meet in Accra, Ghana, at the Kempinski Hotel, to review and deliberate on the draft Directive on gender assessment in energy projects, at a regional workshop organized by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).

Access Power launches 2017 Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition with the Support of Power Africa

Submission window opens as African renewable energy projects compete for a share of US$7million

Access Power, a developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets and a Power Africa partner, today announced the launch of ACF 2017, the third edition of the highly successful funding and support platform for renewable energy projects in Africa. The official opening of the submissions process was announced today at the Power Africa Annual Partners Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Enhancing Capacities of Utilities in the ECOWAS region

An increasing number of utilities in the ECOWAS region are facing the situation that a growing number of small, medium and utility scale systems with variable renewable energy (vRE) generation from wind or solar PV are either being developed or in the pipeline. Thanks to the declining cost of RE Technologies, especially Solar PV, vRE based power generation is becoming cost competitive when compared to conventional generation and therefore an increasing number of project are being considered in the region.