Desert-to-Power Regional Technical Assistance Project for the Sahel

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has received a grant of UA4.8 million (approx. USD 6.3 million) from the African Development Fund to finance the Desert-to-Power Regional Technical Assistance Project for the Sahel (DtP ReTAPS). A core component of the Bank’s Desert to Power Initiative, the DtP ReTAPS aims to provide technical assistance to create an enabling environment for solar-powered projects in the Sahel, while unlocking private sector investments in the mini-grid space. Its specific goals are to: i) Strengthen  the  regional  environment  for  regulating  and  operating  regional  renewable  energy projects. ii) Provide  advisory  services  to  assist  the  Sahel  regional  countries  in  preparation,  negotiations construction and supervision of projects; iii) Incentivize private sector investment in solar projects across the region. This focus stems from consultations with national stakeholders of the Desert to Power taskforce, who expressed the need for a structured regional technical assistance projection streamline ongoing efforts and promote cross-learning among countries. ECREEE focuses on the implementation of the DtP ReTAPS in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.

The project consists of five components. The first component will provide support  for  the  preparation  of  studies and  provision of  technical  assistance  for decentralized solar projects. The second component will focus on implementing actions for catalyzing private sector investments in the targeted countries.  The  third  component  involves  the  development  of  a comprehensive capacity-building program and its implementation in collaboration with other partners. The fourth component will aim to support the development and implementation of the mini-grid strategy across all coverage countries.  The fifth  component covers the project management activities.

Procurement of goods and the acquisition of consultancy services financed under the project will be carried out in accordance with the “Procurement Policy and Methodology for the African Development Bank Group Funded Operations” (BPM), dated October 2015. Procurement Notices and Bidding Documents are expected to be available with effect from July 2024.

Bidders interested in any component of the project may obtain further information by contacting the following:

Guei Kouhie

Interim PIU Coordinator, DtP Projects

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Rua Jardim Gulbenkian, Prédio ADS, 3. Andar Achada Sto. António,

C.P 288, Praia, Cabo Verde

Desk Phone: (+238) 26 04 630

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