The Informer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Women Install 314 Solar Panels in Four Towns

Eight India-trained Liberian women have installed 314 solar panels in four towns as part of a pilot project to spread the concept solar energy in the country.

The beneficiary towns are Bahr in rural Montserrado, Juah in Grand Bassa, Salayea in Lofa and Bamballi in Grand Cape Mount counties.

The installation followed the six-month training of the eight women in Solar Power Electrical Engineering at Bedford College in India in 2011.

The UN Women and the Indian government sponsored the training of the women who were recruited from four counties.

The solar panels were donated by the Indian government, according to the Chief of the Women Empowerment Division at the Ministry of Gender and Development, Mr. Stephen Yekah.

He rated the ministry's rural electrification pilot project in the four towns as "very successful." Mr Yekeh told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Monday that the residents of the four towns were now being encouraged to subscribe to solar power and save money used to buy kerosene, candles and batteries for light.

He has, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to the Indian Government and the UN Women for sponsoring the training.

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