The Government of Liberia is working closely with development partners, including Power Africa, and is undertaking ambitious steps to rebuild its electricity infrastructure. The civil war, which ended in 2003, destroyed nearly all of the country’s ability to provide electricity for its over four million people. Unemployment and extreme poverty are pervasive in Liberia.
Liberia has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world with an overall total of less than 2%. In the capital city of Monrovia, only 6.7% of the population has access to electricity. And Monrovia’s grid is largely supplied by expensive diesel fueled generation resources. Less than 23 Megawatts (MW) of Liberia’s on-grid installed generation operate on a daily basis and, therefore, larger facilities such as hotels, restaurants and office buildings self-generate electricity at their premises at levels estimated to be ten times greater than the existing installed generation capacity. By the end of 2014, an additional 37 MW will be in place for the public grid managed by the Liberia Electricity Corporation.
By 2030, the country aims to connect 70% of Monrovia to the electricity grid and provide access to 35% of the rest of the country, or the equivalent of over one million new connections and a peak load over 300MW. As the critical next step, Liberia, with development partner support, is rebuilding the Mt. Coffee hydropower plant. When the plant and related transmission line come on line in 2016, there will be during the rainy season, a maximum capacity of 140 MW in Liberia available through the public grid.
Last updated: June 02, 2014