As Liberiaâ€™s electricity generation capacity continues to increase, getting homes connected to the electricity grid continues to be very difficult and time-consuming.
One early night a few weeks ago, after the sun had set and the roads of Greater Monrovia had become dark enough to require drivers to start blaring their high beam lights, an unusually slow traffic jam had sprouted in Congo Town, right around where the Palm Springs Hotel is located.
Liberia Electricity Corporation customers may complain about the long wait to get connected to the grid, but they should brace themselves for another series of waiting once they connected â€“ waiting to buy electricity credits.
Could Liberians and the Liberia Electricity Corporation benefit from the lessons exhibited in success stories across the continent?
The grid was well planned and laid out. Cables ran throughout the length and breadth of Liberia. I donâ€™t remember owning a generator or hearing the hums of a generator during those good old days.
Amid an increasing demand for electric power, residents of average homes in and around Monrovia say electricity from the grid is cheaper to use than other sources.
The power development in Maryland is being provided under the arrangement of the cross-border West African Power Pool initiative and co-sponsored by the European Union and the African Development Bank.
To improve the market for solar power in Liberia, Mercy Corps has provided several marketing materials to retailers of solar equipment.