Gambia Renewable Energy Strategy

Development of a Renewable Energy Law, feed in tariffs, and an overall electricity strategy for The Gambia.

EMRC worked closely with the Ministry of Energy (now MOEP) and the regulator (PURA) to develop their capacity in the sector and ensure the suitability of the new regulation and led five consensus-building workshops.

Outside the Greater Banjul Area covered by the national grid, the national utility (NAWEC) delivers electricity to some larger communities through isolated mini grids. EMRC developed energy scenarios including a generation and network development plan to 2030 to (1) improve the reliability of supply for those already connected and (2) increase supply to those people outside the Greater Banjul Area – through a combination of grid expansion and mini-grids and solar home systems. The scenarios formed the basis of an energy strategy and action plan.

The work was particularly intended to support a number of independent projects being part-financed by GEF-UNIDO and partly by private developers, including an off-grid women’s education facility supplied by micro-wind and solar, offgrid solar PV for mobile telecoms in rural areas, and grid-connected wind turbines. We also developed the regulatory framework to account for the needs of efficient biomass cooking stoves and briquettes that were being developed and sold by a private company.