Issues to be addressed at this Event

  • Technological, Social, Economical and Environmental Drivers of Mini Grids:
    • A growing population aiming for middle class status leading to increasing energy consumption
    • Continued growth of mobile phone penetration
    • Improved RE technologies
    • Tariffs, pre-paids, smart meters and energy storage
    • Changing rainfall and drought patterns affecting hydropower and PV output
  • Analysing the different approaches to mini grids implementation and partnerships
  • Mini grid policies and regulation updates of African countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda and more
  • Advancing the use of Green Mini Grids in Africa
  • Avoiding stranded asset and managing investor risks when the grid arrives
  • Hybrid technologies integration plus the growing importance of energy storage in mini grids
  • Attracting big time investors and commercial end users to recharge the mini grids ecosystem
  • Pricing issues for Africa: Affordable Costs of Energy vs investor/business profits
  • Analysing value reflective tariffs
  • "Future proofing" mini grid projects through:
    • Identifying the most suitable and sustainable models
    • Capacity building for local communities
    • Quality and durable equipments
    • Accepts grid connection and scalability potential
  • Technical & Commercial Challenges for mini grids and rural electrification
  • Innovative concepts for off-grids implementation & access to credits
    • Advancing the Commercial Use of Mini Grids in mining, heavy industries, agriculture, farming and tourism
  • What can a regulator do to promote the commercial viability of mini-grids?
  • A risk benefit analysis of regulation vs deregulation for mini grid operators
  • Characteristics of a good regulation framework and approval system
  • Tariffs, incentives, subsidies, carbon credits and advance payments
  • Local content cost and benefit analysis
  • Strategies to move away from "charitable capital" to ensure a sustainable and reliable funding pool
  • Analysing the risk-returns and criteria of a mini-grid investment in terms of scalability, distribution challenges and market growth
  • Viable financing models and latest effective approaches
  • Overcoming a "pre-mature" market mentality landscape, little private sector involvement and lack of local lenders offering long tenor financing and feasible rates
  • Demystifying an immature investor universe and transaction advisory facilities
  • Creating the scalable operating model to ensure long term commercial viability for developers
  • Overcoming the scarcity of human capital and the viability of capacity building efforts
  • Risk management perspectives on tackling ground level issues on security, equipment theft, maintenance
  • Achieving the social licence to operate and getting the community buy-in to ensure smooth implementation
  • Strategies to emphasize social, health and environmental benefits to stakeholders to achieve economic benefits

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