The government of Sierra Leone together with Liberia, Togo, and Chad at the final stage of the agreement with the World Bank provision of over 280 million US Dollars for the Regional Emergency Solar Power Intervention (RESPITE) Project.

The signing of the agreement took place on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 at Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.

The project will help finance payments for goods, works, non-consulting and consulting services to be procured under the project.

It is believed that the project is geared towards supporting the installation of solar and battery storage facilities, 5-year contracts for the provision of solar supply, grid connection, modernization and upgrade, and extension of hydropower capacity.

The finalization of the project will ensure that Sierra Leone and the other three countries will have 116 megawatts (MW) of solar power with storage. The project is also expected to provide 44 megawatts of hydropower which could also benefit Sierra Leone and Togo.

This fruition of this project is believed to solve the issue of power outages in the capital and provide more energy for provincial cities and towns.