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7th Mini Grid Action Learning Event | February 27 - March 3, 2023 | Nairobi, Kenya
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

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For the first time in two years, this event brings together, in–person, the key mini grid sector stakeholders, including governments, developers, international and local financial institutions and financiers, productive use equipment suppliers, and associations, with the goal of accelerating the deployment of mini grids to help achieve universal access to electricity.

Over 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa alone lack access to electricity. Moreover, 40 percent of the poor live in remote areas that are unlikely to be served by a grid connection in the foreseeable future. In this context, mini grids have a key role to play in extending access to electricity. Achieving the United Nation’s goal of universal access to electricity by 2030 requires mobilizing USD$127 billion to deploy more than 210,000 mini grids to serve half a billion people, according to estimates by ESMAP.

The good news is that the technology is proven and has been demonstrated in thousands of projects across the world. However, a number of factors still hinder the deployment, at scale, of modern mini grids, including lack of clear regulatory and institutional frameworks, shortage of affordable financing, uncertain economic viability, and insufficient focus on demand stimulation.

By attending this event, you will join the leading public and private sector organizations working together to remove barriers and accelerate the scale-up of mini grids across all energy access deficit countries.

Kindly complete the registration form if you would like to attend the 7th Mini Grid Action Learning Event at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from February 27 to March 3, 2023.

For the first time in nearly three years, this event brings together in-person the key mini grid sector stakeholders, including governments, developers, international and local financial institutions, productive use equipment suppliers, and associations, with the goal of accelerating the deployment of mini grids as a means to achieving universal access to electricity.

We look forward to welcoming 500 professionals from the leading public and private sector organizations that are working together to remove barriers and accelerate the scale-up of mini grids across all energy access deficit countries.

During the first three days of the event, key elements of the agenda are:

Day 1 - Monday, February 27: Host country day: Kenya – reaching universal access to electrification, the role for mini grids and the status and restructuring of the Kenya Off-grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP)

Day 2 - Tuesday, February 28: SSA countries’ day with programs from eight countries including Nigeria, Ethiopia, DRC, and Niger joined by representatives from the government, regulators, private sector, financiers, and productive use appliance organizations

Day 3 - Wednesday, March 1: Global, best practice day including discussions on findings and remaining questions from Mini Grids for Half a Billion People Handbook

Additionally, we will offer two activities on a first-come, first-served basis:

Day 4 - Thursday, March 2: we will offer up to 60 participants the opportunity to participate in a site visit where an actual portfolio of solar mini grids has been implemented and is currently under operation.  More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Day 5 - Friday, March 3: we will hold a one-day training workshop for up to 100 participants on the design and implementation of programs to scale up Mini-Grid deployment, with practical case studies applying best practices of the Handbook for Minigrids, with priority given to Teams preparing or implementing mini grid projects (PIUs and others). More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in taking part in the field trip (Day 4) or the training workshop (Day 5), let us know by ticking the boxes provided on the registration form. Please, note that your participation in these activities is not confirmed until you receive written confirmation from the organizers. Do not make travel and accommodation arrangements before your participation in these activities is confirmed.

Throughout the week, we will cover crucial topics for the advancement of mini grids in Africa, including:

  • Socioeconomic benefits and productive uses of electricity from mini grids
  • The role of tariffs, grants, and concessional financing in kickstarting the deployment of mini grids
  • How to create an enabling business environment for mini grids – lessons learned from deployment programs in Africa and beyond
  • Driving down the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of mini grids to $0.20 per kWh

In addition, frontier-roundtable-discussions will take place to break through key challenges. If you think that you can lead or contribute to any of these sessions, please let us know by email.

The set of key challenges include:

  • How to inform 290k communities about their mini grid potential with smart technologies?
  • How to streamline approval processes with e-government/e-regulator tools?
  • How to align productive appliance companies with the roll-out of mini grid connections?
  • How to align e-mobility and e-cooking growth with mini grid deployment?
  • Are utilities opening up to interconnected mini grids as a solution to their end-of-line/remote reliability challenges?

Complete the form to request your spot at this event!

For more information, please contact us: nairobiminigrids2023@gmail.com

Learn more about ESMAP's Global Mini Grids Facility