The launch of the second phase of the Liberia Electricity Sector Strengthening and Access Project (LESSA) represents a significant step towards improving access to sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy in Liberia. The project, funded by the World Bank, aims to rehabilitate, upgrade, and expand the medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) distribution network in and around Monrovia, implementing revenue protection measures.

A stakeholder consultation dialogue was convened to introduce the project to national stakeholders, relevant government ministries and agencies, off-grid companies, potential customers, partners, and investors. The objective was to solicit feedback and opinions to shape the design of the project, ensuring it meets the needs of the communities it serves.

The second phase, valued at US$16 million and funded by the World Bank and its partners, seeks to provide electricity for two hundred health facilities. This phase builds upon the activities initiated under the first phase, with a focus on expanding the distribution network in Monrovia and implementing stand-alone systems for households, public institutions, and mini-grids in remote communities.

RREA and LEC are responsible for implementing the project, with RREA handling off-grid solutions and LEC managing the on-grid components. The project aligns with the National Electrification Strategy (NES), supported by the World Bank, which aims for universal access to electricity by 2030 through a combination of grid expansion, densification, and off-grid solutions.

The Liberia LESSAP Program MPA, approved by the World Bank Board, reflects a comprehensive approach to addressing Liberia’s energy challenges, with a total financing envelope of IDA US$190 million. The first phase, approved as an Investment Project Financing (IPF), received IDA funding of US$59 million, supplemented by co-financing from trust funds.

Overall, the launch of the second phase of the LESSA project demonstrates a commitment to improving access to electricity in Liberia, advancing towards the goal of universal access and sustainable development.



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