The United States Government has turned over the completed and operational Kwendin Biomass Energy Plant to the people of Kwendin in Nimba County, a press release has said. The project, according to the release, was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) using locally available biomass.
The Kwendin Biomass Energy Plant is one of four renewable energy projects funded by USAID in Liberia. A 1000 kilowatt hydro-electric plant is being constructed on the Mein River in Suakoko, Bong County, with USAID assistance. Once completed, it will supply power to more than 2,500 homes and several businesses and institutions in the Suakoko area, including Cuttington University, Phebe Hospital, and the Central Agricultural Research Institution.
The materials include wood chips, coconut and palm kernel shells, to produce clean and affordable energy for over 200 households and more than 2,500 residents of Kwendin. The Plant will also supply power to schools, churches and the business community.
At the commissioning ceremony recently, USAID/ Liberia Mission Director, Dr. Anthony S. Chan, called on the residents to pay their electricity bills in order to ensure the long term sustainability of their new electricity plant.
Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Dorr Cooper, thanked the US Government for its development assistance to Liberia. He said Nimba County has been a direct beneficiary of US assistance, noting that hundreds of miles of roads in the county have been rehabilitated with funding from USAID.
Work is also ongoing on a biomass electric plant that will use palm oil as an energy source to provide electricity to more than 2,500 people in Sorlumba, Lofa County. In Lofa County, residents of Gbarnway are already benefiting from a 24 kilowatt solar electricity system that is providing power to 152 households and five public facilities, including the community school and clinic.