As Liberians await the first 22-megawatts turbine at the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant to go online on December 15, the ‘Liberia Energy Access Practitioner’ (LEAP) group has been launched to help government decentralize energy to rural areas in the country.The program was organized by Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization, through its ‘Light Up Liberia’ project with funding from the European Union.The launch, which was held over the weekend, brought together representatives from Total Liberia, Plan Liberia, Alternative Energy, We4Self, GIZ-Endev, among others.The network is particularly intended to bring together diverse energy service providers and stakeholders to support the delivery of clean, reliable, and affordable decentralized energy as a way of contributing to Liberia’s electrification projects.LEAP will also concentrate on the promotion of solar technology and clean cooking stoves, with its members’ operations (mostly small and medium enterprises) expected to range from Pico solution to larger, decentralized solar systems.“We recognize that off-grid energy solutions move beyond bridging the energy gap by addressing lighting, cooking, pumping needs to positively affect outcomes in education, health and agriculture and enhance livelihood opportunities,” a representative of Mercy Corps said.According to him, there is currently no formal network or trade association for retailers as well as distributors of off-grid renewable energy products in Liberia. As a result, there is little to no collaboration between players in the rural energy market. In her keynote address on behalf of the management of the Rural Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), Mrs. Mardia Potter Warner said the government of Liberia through RREA will continue to support and promote the platform for the growth of the sector.“We fully endorse the outcome of the LEAP Network, considering it a good basis for furthering our cooperation and intend to go beyond the agreement reached in the area of renewable energy,” she said.“We commit ourselves to working with others to achieve the goals of the LEAP network especially through the partnership initiatives that could contribute to expanding the use of renewable energy,” she added.In remarks, Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Douglas Cooper lauded the government through the RREA and other partners for the progress made in Liberia. “Mercy Corps has been in operation in Liberia since 2002 implementing programs in food security, peace-building and youth empowerment.” Over the last year, he said, Mercy Corps has also been engaging in social mobilization and economic development in response to the impacts of the Ebola outbreak.Mercy Corp Liberia currently has funding from the European Commission (EC) through a 36-month program entitled “Light Up Liberia” in Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba and rural Montserrado counties.According to Cooper, with support from the EC, Mercy Corps Liberia will improve access to affordable and sustainable energy for rural families.The Liberia Energy Access Practitioner group will operate from 2016-19. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The horse-racing season is in full force, and fan will be able to witness “The All Races Are Classic” as Sky Plus Inc presents its ninth horse racing event on November 3, 2019 at the company’s racing facility at Macedonia Estate, Number 36 Village Corentyne, Berbice.Thus far some of Guyana’s top horses have registered for the event. Confirmed for the races are:* G3 and Lower: T N T, Golden Dancer, Not this time* 2-year-old Guyana-bred Open: Flash the Cash, Dazzling Girl, Awesome Bandit* J and Lower: Uprising king, Awesome banner, Plane land* L open- Pikachu, The rock.This event will feature racing in seven categories as Guyana’s top horses respectively battle for supremacy over 880 and 660 yards, with more than $1 million in cash, trophies, and other incentives up for grabs.The feature event will be for horses classified G3 and Lower, and will be run over 880 yards, or four furlongs, for a winning purse of $225,000 and a trophy.There is an event for the H3 Maiden & Guyana-Bred Open, which will race over 660 yards, or three furlongs, for a winning take of $200,000 and a trophy.The event for animals 2 Years Guyana Bred Maiden will be run over three furlongs for a take=home prize of $150,000 and a trophy.There is an event for animals classified J and Lower, which will be run over four furlongs for a winning take of $150,000 and a trophy.There are two L Class races to be run over three furlongs, one is strictly for stallions and the other is strictly for mares, and each carries a winning prize of $100,000 and a trophy.The other event, labelled as the 4th & Below races 5 and 6 will see the animals competing over three furlongs for a winner’s prize of $100,000 and a trophy.The champion jockey, trainer and stable will all be rewarded with trophies and other incentives, compliments of Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall.Persons interested in entering animals in these races are invited to contact Mohini on 600-4728, or Amanda on 618-5966. This event is being promoted through Sky Plus Inc promotion group.