Impact of Mini- and off-Grid Power Projects in Africa
- November 20, 2018
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Several exciting dialogues will form the focus of the discussions at the 11th edition of the Africa Energy Indaba, which returns to the
This leading energy gathering comprises a high-level, strategic summit will be focusing on energy access, finance, renewables as well as transmission & distribution thereof.
The landscape and population distribution of the African continent underscores why major power plants are unable to reach and serve all areas. As many of these regions are located so far from other urban centres, extending a countrys main electrical grid remains unaffordable.
This leads us to the interim solution of investigating energy access and planning in an integrated manner, which includes incorporating smaller mini-grids that operate independently from the main grid and off-grid systems in isolated regions of the continent. Implementation of these solutions could also prove viable in regions where it remains unfeasible to spread the national grid, owing to issues such as topography or low population density.
Africa is rich in renewable energy sources which remain the most economical approach for powering mini-grids. However, the development of mini-grids poses several barriers that must be unpacked. Challenges facing the development of private sector mini-grids in
In response to these barriers, SE4All
An OPIC loan is also funding
By substituting kerosene and diesel with solar, these solutions offer millions of people the benefits of both reducing their energy expenditures as well as drastically reducing CO2 emissions.
Mini-grids and off-grid power projects are set to make a huge impact as Africa plays catch-up in its generation capacity. These revolutionary solutions will be discussed and showcased at the upcoming Africa Energy Indaba to provide the latest insights, trends and applications to ultimately increase energy access across the continent.