World : Kenya launches new platform to accelerate mini-grid industry

The Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA) today announced its official establishment, aiming to combine private sector innovation, efficiency, and customer service with public sector support to help end energy poverty across Africa.

The association is composed of developers operating AC mini-grids that ensure power reliability of at least 20 hours per day.  These developers include; Engie, Ensol, Husk Power Systems, Jumeme Rural Power Supply, PowerGen Renewable Energy, Powerhive, Rafiki Power, Redavia, Rift Valley Energy, RVE.SOL and SteamaCo.

AMDA currently has chapters in Kenya and Tanzania, where member companies have built 430 kilometers of transmission lines, and renewable generation to serve over 11,000 connections, including households, schools, health clinics, micro-enterprise and agriculture.

The association is in the process of setting up its next chapter in Nigeria, which will include seven additional local developers, and has so far received interest from three other countries. 

“AMDA’s vision is to see 100% of Africa electrified before 2030, and this will require utilities to incorporate new and innovative technologies, with mini-grids playing a central role,” said Jessica Stephens, AMDA’s global coordinator.

“Mini-grids can deliver more connections per dollar, can be deployed more rapidly than traditional grid infrastructure and play an important role in stimulating local economic opportunities and creating jobs.”

 

Source : https://www.esi-africa.com/association-founded-to-accelerate-mini-grid-industry-in-africa/

SMART GRID Bulletin March 2018


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