Off-Grid Solar Market Assessment & Private Sector Support Facility Design

The Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP), in 19 countries in West Africa and the Sahel, aims to enhance shared capacity, institutions and knowledge in order to increase electricity access of households, businesses and public institutions using modern stand-alone solar systems through a harmonized regional approach.  ROGEP has two main components/objectives:
  • Component 1: Accelerate development of a regional off-grid solar market:
(1A) Foster regional collaboration and promote a supportive enabling environment for the OGS sector;
(1B) Provide entrepreneurship technical support to OGS companies at various stages of development (training to accelerate business growth and/or facilitate market entry);
(1C) Provide entrepreneurship financial support to OGS companies at various stages of development (matching grants);
(1D) Provide financing to remove barriers in challenging markets (market entry grants and performance grants to OGS companies operating in challenging markets)
  • Component 2: Facilitate access to financing for off-grid solar businesses:
(2A) Provide line of credit for OGS businesses via the West African Development Bank (Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement, BOAD) to be extended to local FIs for on-lending to local entrepreneurs (working capital for companies to finance equipment imports, receivables from PAYG schemes etc.)
(2B) Implement contingent grant facility via BOAD to share risks with local FIs and encourage lending to OGS businesses.
In addition, the project intends to support a range of capacity building activities targeting public and private sector stakeholders to address existing policy, regulatory, institutional, financial, economic, business, technology and capacity related barriers. ECREEE will also assist each country with development and implementation of national programs and initiatives in the areas of renewable energy, rural electrification and energy access in line with the regional focus of the assignment.
Under the first phase of the project, an initial assessment of the off-grid solar market was undertaken in each of the 19 countries. The study focused exclusively on the stand-alone solar PV market and did not assess mini-grids (see Key Definitions). The scope of work was broadly divided into the following tasks: 
  1. Review the current enabling policy and market environment for the off-grid solar sector
  2. Analyze the market for off-grid solar products and systems, including an estimate of demand from the household, institutional and productive use market segments and analysis of the supply chain; 
  3. Assess the willingness and capacity of national and regional financial institutions to provide commercial and/or consumer financing to the off-grid solar sector; and
  4. Propose models to incentivize the private sector and financial institutions to support off-grid solar market development and to harmonize a regional market to achieve universal access.

Regional Report


Country Reports

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

Area 4

Burkina Faso (EN-Version)
Burkina Faso (FR-Version)

Gambia (EN-Version)

Benin (EN-Version)
Benin (FR-Version)

Cabo Verde (EN-Version) 
Cabo Verde(PT-Version)

Côte d'Ivoire(EN-Version)
Côte d'Ivoire (FR-Version)

Ghana (EN-Version)

Cameroon (EN-Version)
Camerron (FR-Version)

Guinea-Bissau (EN-Version)
Guinea-Bissau (PT-Version)

Guinea (EN-Version)
Guinea (FR-Version) 

Nigeria (EN-Version)

Central African Republic (EN-Version)
Central African Rebublic(FR-Version)


Mali (EN-Version)
Mali (FR-Version)

Sierra Leone (EN-Version)

Chad (EN-Version)
Chad (FR-Version)


Mauritania (EN-Version)
Mauritania (FR-Version) 

Liberia (EN-Version)

Niger (EN-Version)
Niger (FR-Version)


Senegal (EN-Version)
Senegal (FR-Version)


Togo (EN-Version)
Togo (FR-Version)