- Several exciting dialogues regarding the mini-grid, off-grid market in Africa will form the focus of the discussions at the 11th edition of the Africa Energy Indaba.
- The Indaba will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 19 – 20 February 2019.
- The dialogue will unpack the challenges regarding skills on the ground, finance, logistics and local policy/regulation related to mini-grid, off-grid development and implementation.
Renewable and self-sustaining mini- and off-grid solutions serve as alternatives to traditional grid connections to achieve energy-access goals for remote communities in Africa. Several exciting dialogues will form the focus of the discussions at the 11th edition of the Africa Energy Indaba, which returns to the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 19 – 20 February 2019.
Access to energy and the rate at which Africa is realising this will be amongst the dominant themes of the event. This leading energy gathering comprises a high-level, strategic summit will be focusing on energy access, finance, renewables as well as transmission & distribution thereof.
The landscape and population distribution of the African continent underscores why major power plants are unable to reach and serve all areas. As many of these regions are located so far from other urban centres, extending a country’s main electrical grid remains unaffordable.
This leads us to the interim solution of investigating energy access and planning in an integrated manner, which includes incorporating smaller “mini-grids” that operate independently from the main grid and off-grid systems in isolated regions of the continent.
Implementation of these solutions could also prove viable in regions where it remains unfeasible to spread the national grid, owing to issues such as topography or low population density.
The development of mini-grids poses several barriers that must be unpacked. So what are the challenges regarding skills on the ground, finance, logistics and local policy/regulation? These challenges will be discussed and showcased at the upcoming Africa Energy Indaba to provide the latest insights, trends and applications to ultimately increase energy access across the continent.
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