Solutions & Unique Energy under the Unique Group of Companies announced the
receipt of a co-funding grant award of $282,902.00 from the ECOWAS Centre for
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency-ECREEE during its third annual ECOWAS
Sustainable Energy Forum.
three-day forum held in Accra, Ghana on the 22nd to the 24th October 2019,
concluded with an award ceremony for the Third ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility
(EREF 3), funded by USAID. Winners of the highly competitive funding included
seven countries, Nigeria, Togo, Cabo Verde, Mali, The Gambia, Ghana and Sierra
Leone. This is the first ever award to the Gambia. This grant funding will
usher in the Gambia’s first Solar Green Mini Grid Electrification project.
Unique Solutions & Unique Energy as part of its contractual and funding
obligations, have committed the sum of $316,961.56 towards the project. This
D30.6 million project will provide electricity to homes and businesses in the
SaraPateh Jamwelly area of the Western Region of the Gambia and its surrounding
areas in the initial phase.
on the D30.6 million project, the CEO of the Unique Group of Companies, Papa
Yusupha Njie said that “As we prepare to celebrate our 20th Anniversary of
being in business, my vision is to see more Gambian owned companies play a
greater role in the key economic areas of this country and our work in the
energy sector over the past few years is a clear testament of what is possible.
The focus is to make sure that we play a part in Gambians having access to
affordable, reliable and clean energy wherever they may be in this country.
Working with the Ministry of Energy, the Regulators, NAWEC and other
stakeholders, we hope The Gambia’s first Green Minigrid project will open doors
for many more opportunities including much needed jobs for our young people and
also impacting thousands of ordinary Gambians in taking advantage of clean
renewable energy sources”.
Njie concluded by thanking the Honourable Minister of Energy and his entire
team at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, USAID and the ECOWAS Centre for
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – ECREE, for trusting his companies with
this opportunity and enabling them to change lives in The Gambia and powering
the energy of the future in more ways than one.