BEC selected for providing energy solution in Liberia

1 3Totota is a rural community located approximately 80 miles from the capital city of Monrovia. (Image source: Cision Pr Newswire)Bandera Electric Cooperative was selected by NRECA International to design and procure a solar and energy storage solution for Totota, Liberia, located 160km east of the capital, Monrovia

BEC Solar, a subsidiary of Bandera Electric Cooperative, designed and procured a stand-alone 70 kW energy solution that will provide power to about 400 houses and businesses in Totota. 

With a population of approximately 6,400, Totota is a rural community and is home to stores, workshops, restaurants, schools, clinics, churches, mosques and government offices. Despite the town's status as a regional trading center, most households rely on dry cell batteries, lanterns and candles for illumination while a small number purchase electric service from individuals who own and operate small generators. 

The power system and utility will be owned by a local electric cooperative. This energy solution includes 220 solar panels, a lithium-ion battery storage solution capable of providing 90 kWh of energy, along with a back-up diesel generator.

"Totota lacks the infrastructure and resources needed to sustain a reliable and effective power generation system," said Miguel Rivera, Renewable Energy Program Manager for BEC Solar. "This energy solution was designed to meet the challenges of providing reliable electricity to a remote area."

The NRECA International team is currently implementing several Beyond The Grid (BTG) projects in rural Liberia for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). BTG is part of the U.S. Government's Power Africa initiative, with the goal to spur stability and economic development by delivering reliable, predominantly renewable electricity to Liberia's rural towns.

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