The Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) has received additional financing under the Enhancing Sierra Leone Energy Access Project (ESLEAP).

The World Bank approved additional financing (AF) in the form of an IDA grant of $13 million,” Sierra Leone’s Energy Ministry said.

The total for the project is expected to be 63 million US Dollars.

The Ministry said the project will address the impact of the geopolitical developments in Ukraine. They said the projects will also address and mitigate the rising cost of electricity in the country due to the protracted effect of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Part of the project earlier in May this year, saw the UNOPS through the Ministry of Energy (MoE) signed an agreement with the World Bank to implement a $12.7m project with the aim to increase rural electricity access through mini-grids and standalone home systems in Sierra Leone.

The project is expected to also generate a total of 2.8 Megawatts of solar power system capacity for Moyamba, 500 schools, 200 health facilities and 3,000 households.

Although access to electricity has increased in the past five years, the majority of rural Sierra Leone cannot access electricity.