Buchanan Renewables: Bringing Power to Liberia
The case - Buchanan Renewables: Bringing Power to Liberia - focuses on a proposal to build two 17 megawatt facilities to provide power to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. The country has just come out of a bitter civil war in which almost all of its power system was destroyed. The case can be taught as an energy case - comparing the alternative supply options or as an infrastructure case - looking at the question - should Liberia pursue a project that can supply power quickly to create hundreds of jobs, but one that key donor agencies believe is overpriced and would place an untenable financial burden on the Liberian Electric Company (the state-owned distribution company)? This case allows for a discussion of energy alternatives for developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It also raise the tough question of deciding between meeting short-term political and energy goals versus pursuing less expensive options that might not be available for 4-6 years. HKS Case Number 2022.0.