Countries

Publications

Community Energy Service - a mini-grid in Bambadinca, Guinea-Bissau

In Bambadinca, in the Bafatá region, was implemented a mini-power grid in July 2015, with the support of TESE – Development Association, the Directorate General of Energy, the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, among others.

Solar Home Systems for rural development of Guinea-Bissau

In the regions of Bafatá, Gabú, Quinara and Tombali, were implemented homemade Solar Photovoltaic Systems in 2011, with the support of the Foundation Rural Energy Services and financed by subvention from the European Commission

Market Overview

These market overviews aim to provide a brief overview of the renewable energy sector in the PALOP countries and list the main existing or planned programs and projects. They work as a summary of ALER's reports and priviledged information that ALER has access.

Guinea Bissau Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report

During the "Guinea Bissau Sustainable Energy International Conference" organized by ALER with the partners support, will take place 6 and 7 of December 2017 in Bissau, Guina Bissau, ALER will lauch the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Guinea Bissau - National Status Report.

News

31 of January 2024
ALER is positioning itself on a new level

At the end of last year, ALER's Members unanimously approved the Activities Plan and Budget for 2024. This marks the beginning of a new stage for the Association and its growth alongside the sector's evolution.

30 of January 2024
Government and UNDP sign an agreement to boost renewable energies

The government of Guinea-Bissau has signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the implementation of the project that aims to boost renewable energy.

30 of January 2024
ALER celebrates 1st International Day of Clean Energy

The United Nations has declared 26th January 2024 the first International Day of Clean Energy and ALER marked the date with the release of the latest data on the incorporation of clean energy in Portuguese-speaking countries.

15 of January 2024
Global renewable electricity increased by 50% between 2022 and 2023

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global renewable electricity capacity increased by 50% between 2022 and 2023, and the next five years will see the fastest growth ever. However, the lack of funding for emerging and developing economies is a problem.

30 of March 2023
Lusophone Compact seeks to accelerate private renewable energy projects in PALOP countries

"Lusophone Compact (LC) operates as a framework, a gateway that is always open, for private companies to submit their projects. (...) The Compact creates a privileged space for the development of renewable energy by the private sector in the PALOP."

29 of March 2023
Guinea-Bissau: ECOWAS Energy Ministers adopt Green Hydrogen policy

Meeting of Energy Ministers resulted in new developments for energy policies in the country of which: adoption of the updated ECOWAS Energy Policy, approval of the Regional Electricity Code and the ECOWAS Green Hydrogen Policy.

9 of March 2023
Guinea-Bissau plans to install new photovoltaic power plants in the country

In an interview with the Guinean newspaper "O Democrata", Abdu Jaquité, delegate of the Government of Guinea-Bissau said that the photovoltaic (PV) power plants that are planned to be installed will make up for the country's energy deficit.

6 of March 2023
Women Sustainable Energy Program: Let's power this idea!

In the week of Women's Day, ALER relaunches a Solidarity Campaign to provide energy to local communities in Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau by promoting projects authored by women entrepreneurs.

31 of January 2023
World Bank report reveals new data on energy indicators by country

The 2022 World Bank Report charts the evolution of energy indicators by country and concludes that sub-Saharan Africa scored highly on electricity access policy.

14 of December 2022
Guinea-Bissau: Telectrinf and local partner win tender to instal a photovoltaic power plant on the Bolama Island

Telectrinf, an ALER Member, in consortium with a local partner, won the tender for the installation of the photovoltaic (PV) power plant on the island of Bolama in Guinea-Bissau.

10 of October 2022
'We want to continue to grow together in 2023 and until the end of this term.'

"We reinforced the activities for which we are already known, positioning ourselves as an active and relevant player in the debate on the energy sector in the Portuguese-speaking countries, a networking facilitator to national/regional/international level and a source of privileged and up-to-date information, developing renewable energies growth in these countries."

28 of September 2022
ALER's Executive Director in an interview with Público

Isabel Cancela de Abreu, ALER’s Executive Director, gave an interview to Público newspaper in which she explained that African countries “are energy islands, they do not have the interconnections that exist in Europe and, deep down, they are used to fending for themselves”.

28 of September 2022
Signed a €400 million guarantee agreement to support the Lusophone Compact

The AfDB and the Portuguese Government signed a guarantee agreement to be granted to the African Development Bank under the Lusophone Compact, in which Portugal will provide guarantees of up to 400 million euros exclusively for projects financed by the AfDB and approved under this agreement.

22 of September 2022
ALER is hiring a Financial and Administrative Manager

ALER is looking for a Financial and Administrative Manager to take up their duties as soon as possible, preferably in the first half of October.

1 of August 2022
'This program made me understand the importance of energy in women's lives'

I realized that in the energy sector women are hardly represented, therefore representation goes to men. We had testimonies from some women who were able to explain how difficult it was for them to integrate in this sector. Often, due to lack of knowledge or motivation, society itself considers that the energy sector is more suitable for men.

28 of July 2022
New IRENA report shows that renewable power remains cost-competitive amid fossil fuel crisis

New IRENA report, published on July 13th, shows that almost two-thirds of renewable power added in 2021 had lower costs than the cheapest coal-fired options in G20 countries.

28 of July 2022
ALER is an Association Partner for the 15th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum

The "Microgrid Global Innovation Forum" takes place from September 13th to 15th in London. Use the ALER discount code and enjoy a 20% discount on registration.

15 of July 2022
In June ALER was present at the AEF and EAIF

In June, ALER was present at the Africa Energy Forum 2022 that took place in Brussels, Belgium, as well as at the Energy Access Investment Forum 2022 event that took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

14 of July 2022
REN21 published new 2022 Global State of Renewables Report

REN21's 2022 Global Status of Renewable Energy Report states that the global transition to clean energy is not happening. “There was record growth in renewable energy, but the world missed the historic chance to recover clean energy,” the report says.

2 of June 2022
ALER Open Day & General Assembly - New Directorate of ALER

ALER organized the 4th Edition of ALER Open Day, which followed the ALER General Assembly, in which the Members elected the new members of the governing structure for the 3rd term of the Association.

2 of June 2022
World Bank insists on investment in renewable energy in Africa

Renewable energies are "a fundamental foundation for security and overall improvements in growth and living standards", says David Malpass, President of the World Bank

2 of June 2022
SEforAll Forum in Rwanda highlights

During the Forum held from 16 to 19 May in Kigali, Rwanda, initiatives amounting to more than US$347 million were presented to support energy access and transition.

2 of June 2022
Mini-grids in Guinea-Bissau

Applications for the Construction of a mini solar grid in Bolama as well as the respective electricity grid, are accepted until June 27, at 12pm

16 of May 2022
Call for applications for the Online Training Program on Sustainable Energy Solutions for Islands

Until May 23rd, registration is open for the Online Workshop Training for Trainers: Training Program on Sustainable Energy Solutions for Islands.

3 of May 2022
The last phase of the Women Sustainable Energy Program began with Mentoring sessions

During the month of April, the Women Sustainable Energy Program ended thematic sessions and began the last phase of the project, dedicated to mentoring sessions.

3 of May 2022
Save the date: May 24th – ALER Open Day

On May 24th, ALER will hold the ALER Open Day, an opportunity to exchange contacts, share and disseminate privileged information with our partners and other members.

2 of May 2022
Renewable energies contributed on a large scale to energy production in 2021

Renewable energy continued to expand steadily and well above the long-term trend, with share in total capacity expansion reaching new record of 81% last year.

1 of April 2022
Sharing the voice of our candidates from the Women Sustainable Energy Program

In the month that marks World Women's Day, ALER gives voice to 13 inspiring women who fight for gender equality in the energy sector.

10 of March 2022
Women’s History Week: Stories Retold - Conversation about Women, energy and sustainability

On March 10th at 18:30 (GMT) ALER joins HEDEN Lisbon to talk about energy, women and sustainability.

25 of February 2022
Registrations are open– April 26th and 27th – Entrepreneurship Workshop and Startups of Sustainable Energy

The Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Startups in Sustainable Energy will last for two days, and will be dedicated to the planning, management and implementation of projects in Sustainable Energy.

25 of February 2022
The sessions for the Women Sustainable Energy Program have begun

The first two training sessions of the Sustainable Energy Program for Women were dedicated to social media management and personal marketing.

1 of February 2022
Applications for the Women Sustainable Energy Program has ended

Applications were available until January 31st and 26 were received from Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe.

3 of November 2021
ALER participates in the COP26 side-event organized by UNIDO, ENERGIA and GWNET

UNIDO, ENERGIA and GWNET came together to hold the side-event "Improving gender equality and women's empowerment to accelerate a fair, inclusive and climate-resilient energy transition"

Members

Miranda & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL

MIRANDA & ASSOCIADOS (“Miranda”) is a full-service Portuguese law firm, head-quartered in Lisbon, Portugal. The Firm has a staff of almost 160 people, of which more than 110 are fee-earners. Over the years, the Firm has gained recognition as one of the most preeminent and internationally oriented Portuguese law firms.

Their aim is to combine the highest international standards with local expertise so they can provide a seamless assistance to the top corporations in their most important and challenging assignments, both in Portugal and overseas.

Through over almost 35 years of experience, our lawyers have developed extensive and widely recognized expertise in a large number of industries and fields of law.

MIRANDA is the founding member of the MIRANDA ALLIANCE (“Miranda Alliance”), a network of law firms and lawyers predominantly, but not exclusively, based in Portuguese-speaking countries. The Miranda Alliance currently covers 15 jurisdictions: Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Macau (China), Mozambique, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste; and with a liaison office in the USA (Houston).

As a full service legal services provider, they are ranked in various categories and practice areas. Highlights include the International Law Firm of the Year at the Africa Legal Awards in 2019, and the recognition as the winner of Lusophone Africa Law Firm of the Year in the Chambers Africa Awards in the only four editions of this category - 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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Grupo MF&A - Matos, Fonseca e Associados Moçambique

MF&A Moçambique is part of the MF&A Group, which consists of MF&A Portugal, MF&A Moçambique, Ecofield, and MF&A - São Tomé and Príncipe branch. It specializes in environmental consulting and provides a comprehensive range of integrated global services. The MF&A Group has recorded over 700 completed projects across its companies.

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Telectrinf - Telecomunicações e Electricidade, Lda

Telectrinf  is a 100% Angolan company that operates in the areas of Energy, Telecommunications, Airports, Air Conditioning Systems and grid supervision for industry and agriculture, and hydromechanical and electromechanical installations.

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Grupo Quadrante

Quadrante Group, with more than 20 years of experience, provides engineering and architecture consulting services in the areas of Buildings, Transports, Industry and Energy, Water Utilities, Environment and Climate Change, and multidisciplinary projects located anywhere in the world, where flexibility, adaptability to specific conditions and speed of delivery are essential conditions for success. With a team of 170 employees and offices in three continents, our mission is focused on the continuous pursue for sustainable, economically optimized and technically advanced solutions – DESIGNING . DELIVERING . ADDING VALUE

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LNEG - Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia

LNEG is a State Laboratory acting in the fields of Energy and Geology that conducts research, demonstration and knowledge transfer including technical and technological assistance and laboratory support aimed at companies.

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FRES - Foundation Rural Energy Services

FRES provides rural households and small businesses in Sub-saharan Africa with electricity via solar mini-grids and solar home systems. FRES is active in Guinea-Bissau, Burkina-Faso, Uganda, Mali, and South Africa.

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Rosseti

Rosseti Engenharia, a Luso-Brazilian company with more than 10 years of experience and in strong expansion, provides integrated services under EPC and BoP in the field of Renewable Energies, namely Solar, Wind and Water.

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Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA)

Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA), based in Barcelona, Spain, is an international consulting and engineering company that specializes in distributed generation through renewable energy sources, energy management and efficiency, rural electrification, self-generation, integration of renewables in buildings, sustainable architecture, as well as, specialized training, education and technological development related to its activities.


A pioneering company in this sector with more than 30 years of experience, TTA offers its clients a solid background in carrying out projects from their evaluation and design phases, through to implementation and subsequent monitoring and maintenance.


TTA’s execution of numerous studies and projects, in Spain as well as in more than 40 countries in Latin America, Africa, Oceania and Europe and more recently in Asia, has consolidated the company as a point of reference in rural electrification through Microgrids using Solar Generation. TTA also offers services from its regional unit in Kenya and its office in Vanuatu.


TTA’s projects demonstrate the skills, flexibility and strong technical background of its highly motivated, multidisciplinary team, as well as the company’s firm commitment to providing high quality services and solutions that are technically, socially and environmentally optimal, integrating and harmonizing the needs of its clients with those of all related parties.

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Ministério da Energia e Indústria da Guiné-Bissau
VdA – Vieira de Almeida & Associados

VdA is a portuguese independent law firm. Our international footprint is one of the largest among the leading Lisbon-based law firms being present in ten jurisdictions, including francophone Africa, through VdAtlas - a fully integrated network of indepedent law firms

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HIDROERG – Projectos Energéticos, Limitada

Hidroerg is dedicated to the design, execution, operation and management of systems for electricity production from renewable natural resources. Established in 1989, it operates jointly with its subsidiaries nine power plants with an installed capacity of 33 MW and an annual output of 100 GWh. It aims to be a reference in the renewable energy sector, with a greater focus on water resources, within a framework of sustainable development and social and economic value generation in the areas where it operates.

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CJR Renewables

CJR Renewables offers an EPC/BoP integrated service for the construction of wind farms. Operating across all stages of the process of implantation of a project and offering turnkey solutions. Founded in 2002, CJR Wind is present in Europe and Latin America.

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Confederação Empresarial da CPLP

The main objective of the CE-CPLP is to facilitate and strengthen business relations between associations and business entities of countries affiliated to the Business Confederation of the CPLP, increasing business, imports and exports in economic areas where these countries are included.

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TESE – Associação para o Desenvolvimento

TESE is a Portuguese Development NGO that promotes sustainable access to social services and infrastructure, including renewable energies. Given our mission, we are focused in implementation of projects/consulting services linking the use of modern, reliable and affordable energy with the improvement of living conditions and income generation.

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL)
The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) is a science and technology higher education school with a century of history. It was the first school in Portugal to offer a course in Energy and Environment Engineering, with special emphasis on renewable energies and energy efficiency.
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Events

3 of July 2023
Countries' Week: Each day, one country
Online

From July 3rd to 7th, ALER developed the Countries' Week: Each day, one country, to present all the information about renewable energies in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe. 

9 of March 2022
Webinar 'Reference Case Studies in Renewable Energy - São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde'
Online

On March 9th, the Webinar that presented relevant Case Studies of projects developed on renewable energies took place.

6 of December 2018
Guinea Bissau Sustainable Energy International Conference
Bissau, Guinea Bissau

The Guinea Bissau Sustainable Energy International Conference took place between 6 and 7 December 2018 in Bissau, Guinea Bissau.

See more about this Conference.

4 of May 2018
Guinea Bissau Sustainable Energy Investment Workshop
Lisbon, Portugal

The Guinea Bissau Sustainable Energy Investment Workshop took place on the 4th of May 2018 in Lisbon between 2 and 6 pm.

Organized by ALER, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Industry in Guinea Bissau, UNIDO and ECREEE, the event was supported by GEF.

Training

Sustainable Energy, Entrepreneurship and Startups Workshop

The Sustainable Energy, Entrepreneurship and Startups Workshop had two-day duration and it was an online training program for entrepreneurs and startups in the area of sustainable energy.

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Women Sustainable Energy Program

The Women Sustainable Energy Program was held from February to July 2022 and had as its main objective the empowerment of women from São Tomé and Principe, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.

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