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|| 5th Africa Mini-Grids Summit
- Energy Access
- Policy and Regulation
- Renewable Energy
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|| Mini grids have been identified as a key platform to address critical electrification shortages in Africa. Creating successful mini grid ecosystems beyond pilot projects are now the focus of African governments facing severe shortages especially for their off-grid populations. Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana are just some of the countries with frameworks and supportive policies indicating desire to expand energy access through mini grids. Foundations, donors and organizations are stepping up their financial support for mini grids, eg; in Tanzania alone the World Bank is setting the pace with a $209 million financing for a six-year Rural Electrification Expansion Programme.
Africa can lead the way with plentiful renewable resources, an increasingly tech savvy populations encouraged by the mobile phones technology leap, presence of world class telcos and less incumbent infrastructure to obstruct new models.
This means that between 50 and 70% of those currently without electricity will have the potential to be served through off-grid solutions.
One of the most immediate solutions to energy access is the solar home systems. The rapid growth of a solar home systems market in Africa, especially in East African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda, has reinforced the potential of the solar home systems.