At a glance

The Energy system of Sierra Leone face many challenges including: a ruined transmission and distribution systems with very high technical and commercial losses, insufficient generation capacity, low voltage quality, seasonal variability in hydro production and institutional and regulatory constraints.

Sierra Leone developed a SE4All Action Agenda in the framework of the regional ECOWAS coordinated approach for the implementation of the SE4All initiative in the region that was led by ECREEE and included also the development of national Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plans. The Action Agenda envisages to reach near universal access to electricity by 2030 (92%), with a strong contribution of green mini grids and isolated system that will account for 37% of the total access figures. The Agenda also foresees a strong increase in renewable hydro production that should surpass 5’000 GWh in 2030, from 150 GWh in 2013, this would allow to keep more than 90% of electricity produced by hydro sources in 2030. The Country is also developing the Investment Prospectus through a coordinated regional effort led by ECREEE.


Sierra Leone

Country contacts

Mr. Benjamin Kamara

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources

ECREEE SE4All Sierra Leone Page

News from Sierra Leone

SE4All Action Agenda Objectives2030
Electricity Access, national92%
Access to clean cooking, national n.a.
Renewable Energy Output86.8%
Renewable Energy Consumptionn.a.
Energy Efficiencyn.a.
Country Action DocumentsStatus
Rapid AssessmentFinalized
Action Agenda Finalized
Investment ProspectusUnder Development

Country statistics

Access to electricity (% of population)16.5%13.9%13.5%13.1%
Urban (% of urban population)-35.1%33.3%31.6%
Rural (% of rural population)1.4%0.9%0.9%1.0%
Access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking (% of population)2.6%2.0%2.0%2.0%
Population, total4.1 Million5.8 Million6.0 Million6.3 Million
Renewable energy consumption (% of total final energy consumption)89.3%84.2%78.4%73.1%
Renewable electricity output (% of total electricity output)16.6%87.4%66.1%65.4%
Electric power consumption (kWh per capita)----