Energy For Opportunity

Energy For Opportunity (EFO) is a not-for-profit organization working to improve livelihoods in West Africa through the provision and installation of clean, sustainable, photovoltaic, electricity-generating infrastructure. It was established in 2008 by two individuals, Simon Willans and Paul Munro, who had previously worked together on a number of renewable energy projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Uganda. The organization has continued to grow, as numerous other people have joined the cause, helping EFO towards the achievement of its goals. Energy For Opportunity’s strategy is to develop innovative ways in which to both promote and implement the use of renewable energy. The emphasis t...

Energy For Opportunity
95 Regent Road
Freetown, Western Area Urban N/A
Sierra Leone
+232 76 692155
http://www.energyforopportunity.org

Management Team

Simon Willans, Paul Munro, Mohamed Kabba Turay

Board of Directors

Kevin Jones, Linda Krajcovic, Robert Munro, Micah Wagenberg, Mathew Willans

Project Leaders

Paul Munro

Mission

Energy For Opportunity (EFO) is a not-for-profit organization working to improve livelihoods in West Africa through the provision and installation of clean, sustainable, photovoltaic, electricity-generating infrastructure. It was established in 2008 by two individuals, Simon Willans and Paul Munro, who had previously worked together on a number of renewable energy projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Uganda. The organization has continued to grow, as numerous other people have joined the cause, helping EFO towards the achievement of its goals. Energy For Opportunity’s strategy is to develop innovative ways in which to both promote and implement the use of renewable energy. The emphasis therefore is not only on direct solar installation projects (in health clinics, schools, community centers etc.), but also on solar training for students in partnership with local education institutions and the active promotion of the use of renewable energies in the offices and projects of government bodies and international organizations. Thus the objective is not just to deliver renewable electricity through projects, but also instill a philosophy of renewable energy use across the broader community. EFO focuses its work exclusively in West Africa, a region where the need for alternative forms of energy is greatest. It is a region that the United Nations ranks as having eight out of the twenty least developed countries in the world. Energy For Opportunity has established a locally managed regional office in Sierra Leone and is developing programs with other local partners in West Africa. The strategy being to establish long-term partnerships, with EFO providing any necessary expertise and support while increasing local technical capacity. This strategy is derived from EFO’s belief that any international organization working in a development setting should be striving to make their services redundant; the involvement of local partners is one key step in this process

Programs

EFO works directly with local partners in its target countries to implement projects in four related program areas: Skills Training, Livelihoods, Health and Education. The organization also supports efforts to mainstream solar power in the region through its Promoting Solar programme, working with a variety of partners, including International Non-Governmental Organizations, Government Bodies and Private Sector entities. The objective of the Skills Training Programme is to establish solar electricity courses into the curriculum of higher education institutes in the region in a manner that allows for the continuation of the programme after the initial offering. The objective of the livelihood program is to establish thirty community charging stations (CCSs) in West African communities. Each CCS will be owned by members of the community, who will be fully trained in their operation and maintenance. Rechargeable lanterns will also be introduced to reduce the reliance on costly, dangerous and unhealthy kerosene and other energy services such as refrigeration and water purification may be added based on community needs and demands. The objective of the health programme is to install solar power systems in community health centres and clinic in remote areas across the region. These systems will provide power for vaccine fridges, lighting and basic medical equipment. The project will be implemented with local partners and government bodies to ensure this infrastructure will benefit those who need it the most and align with government policy in this sector. The objective of this project is to provide solar powered electricity to schools across the region. An additional computer labs will be installed and staff trained to provide basic computer skills to the students. At selected sites, a charging station will also be installed to create revenue for the school that can support maintenance and other expenditures. The promoting solar programme objective is to support efforts to mainstream solar and other alternative energy technologies in the region. These projects not only promote the use of renewable, clean power generating options but also help raise vital core funds for the organization, that support its project activities in the region.

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