The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub, hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), launched a Green Mini-Grid (GMG) Help Desk during the 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) in Nairobi to support project developers deliver energy access in rural Africa.
Green Mini-Grids (GMG) are small electricity networks developed to provide renewable power to households, businesses and institutions in rural African communities.
A total of 645 million Africans, nearly 60 per cent of the continent’s population, do not have access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency, by 2040, 70 per cent of new rural supply in sub-Saharan Africa will be from off-grid and mini-grids.
Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth, Coordinator of the SE4All Africa Hubn said “Mini-grids are a key piece of the energy access puzzle in Sub-Saharan Africa and the GMG Help Desk will be a key tool to accelerate the deployment of private sector-led mini-grid projects in support of the New Deal on Energy for Africa’s vision of universal energy access in Africa by 2025.”
The GMG Help Desk provides on-line technical assistance on the myriad of activities vital to the business cycle of developing and operating a clean energy mini-grid.
The portal provides country-specific information and knowledge products and tutorials on setting up a mini-grid business; site selection; legal and compliance issues; mini-grid business models; technical system design; community and stakeholder engagement; financing; procurement; installation and commissioning; and operation and maintenance.
Project developers can apply for bespoke support on their projects through the portal.
The GMG Help Desk is part of the larger Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program (MDP) implemented by the SE4All Africa Hub and funded through the AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA).
It was designed and will be operated for the GMG MDP by Energy4Impact, a London-based non-profit that advices off-grid businesses; and INENSUS GmbH, a German consultancy firm for private-sector driven mini-grid electrification.
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