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GCIC ENTREPRENEUR BLACK STAR ENERGY EXPANDS SOLAR POWER TO SIERRA LEONE

Black Star Energy Limited, an entrepreneur of GCIC providing reliable solar electrification to households and businesses has begun its first project in Sierra Leone through its sister company – Power Leone.

As a result of its operations, some 2000 people now enjoy clean electricity supply all day long within the Petifu Junction settlement of the Port Loko District in Sierra Leone after being in the dark for over a century. Black star Energy’s ambition is to provide electricity to the 6 million people across Sierra Leone whom are off the grid.

Nicole Poindexter, CEO of Black Star Energy Limited, reiterated the company’s commitment to providing clean electricity. “We at Power Leone are pleased to be able to bring affordable, reliable electricity to tens of thousands of people in rural Sierra Leone. From returning light to Bauya to providing reliable power for surgeries in Kambia District, to providing electricity and ice making to fishermen to enable fishermen to double their incomes in Port Loko, we are certain that the power we bring will transform the lives of Sierra Leoneans today and for generations to come.”

Black Star Energy lighting up communities via clean electricity

In Ghana, Black Star Energy is known to provide off-grid electricity to a number of communities and health clinics . The company already operates with 15 health clinics and aims to connect more than 12 000 Ghanaians to the grid by the end of the year.

The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) is a pioneering business incubator whose objective is to support entrepreneurs and ventures involved in developing profitable and locally appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in Ghana. The Centre’s key focus is on building businesses operating within the areas of energy efficiency, domestic waste management, solar energy, water supply management and purification and climate-smart agriculture. GCIC is part of the World Bank Group’s infoDev Climate Technology Program. Supported by the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands, the Centre is managed by a consortium led by the Ashesi University College and including Ernst & Young, SNV Ghana, and the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.