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Mini grids summit set for Nairobi

28 August 2014, 21:05

Nairobi - Major players in the power industry will convene in the country this November to explore the commercial potential of mini grids in Africa.

The Africa Mini Grids Summit 2014 will convene from November 18-19 in Nairobi.

The summit will provide a high-level strategic platform for all industries plagued by electricity shortages to explore and deploy mini-grids to meet the chronic electricity shortfalls in the African continent.

According to Magenta Global, the event organizer, the speakers’ panel include: University of Southampton, Rural Electrification Authority Zambia, Rural Energy Agency Tanzania, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, Rural Electrification Agency Uganda among other electrification agencies in the region.

Africa Mini Grids Summit 2014 will also include an exclusive site visit and presentation to a live solar project at Strathmore University.

The Vice Chancellor of Strathmore University, Professor Izael Pereira da Silva, an authority and expert on the subject of mini grids said he was looking forward to the important summit on mini grids and to share with delegates the finer points on technical, economic and sustainability considerations on implementing hybrid mini-grids.

“I am also excited to host the summit participants at our Strathmore Energy Research Centre at Strathmore University on Day 2 of the Summit. We have a 600 kW grid connected system and also a 10kW diesel/solar hybrid system which were set up as training tool for engineers,” he said.

Mini grids are defined as power sources of 3MW (diesel, hydro, biomass, hybrid) supplying a local distribution grid connected to domestic, business and institutional customers in the locality. They provide potential opportunities over grid-connected electrification, such as enhanced reliability of supply, lower costs in remote locations and better environmental performance.

– CAJ News

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