Green Mini-Grid Helpdesk Launched
The AfDB-hosted Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub launched a Green Mini-Grid Help Desk for renewable energy mini-grid project developers during the 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) onOct. 1 in Nairobi.
Today, 645 million Africans, nearly 60% of the population of Africa, don't have access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency by 2040, 70% of new rural supply in sub-Saharan Africa will be from off-grid and mini-grids, two thirds of which powered by renewables as a result of falling costs, technological advancements and more efficient appliances. Green Mini-Grids are “small” electricity networks developed to provide renewable power to households, businesses and institutions in rural African communities.
The GMG Help Desk provides on-line technical assistance on the myriad of activities important to the business cycle of developing and operating a clean energy mini-grid. The portal provides 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, operation and maintenance. The portal includes country-specific information for much of the above. Project developers can apply through the portal for bespoke support on their projects.
Frank van der Vleuten