Over 60 organizations from more than 25 countries, comprising of regional energy authorities, international investors and financiers, independent power producers, and various technology providers will convene next month in Nairobi, Kenya for the Africa Mini Grids Summit 2014 to address electricity shortages hampering industry development and to explore the deployment of mini grids to meet the chronic electricity shortfalls in the African continent.
The Summit will feature a distinguished panel of speakers from United States, Belgium, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Zambia.
Regional power authorities presenting at the Conference will include: Robert Pavel Oimeke, Director Renewable Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya; Dr Lutengano Mwakahesya, Director General, Rural Energy Agency, Tanzania; Benon Bena, Head of Off-Grid Renewable Energy Development, Rural Electrification Agency, Uganda; Yisehaq Seboqa, Head of Off-grid Rural Electrification Program, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia; Geoffrey Musonda, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Electrification Authority Zambia.
The Summit will also feature informative presentations from international experts such as: Abubakr S Bahaj, Prof of Sustainable Energy and Head of Energy & Climate Change Division, University of Southampton, and Chief Scientific Adviser, Southampton City, UK; Dr Karl Reinhard Kolmsee, CEO, Smart Hydro Power GmbH; Peter J George, Director, GVEP International; Andrew Jaquiery, Project Manager & Renewables Energy Engineer, Jacobs Consultancy; and others.
Providing critical finance and investment views at the Conference will be: Daniel Schleyer Schultz, Investment Director & Partner, DI Frontier Market Energy & Carbon Fund, Frontier Investment Management, Denmark; Dean Cooper, Energy Finance Programme Manager, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Onchi Maiko, Head of Investment Banking, Kenya Commercial Bank; Jasmin Fraatz, Project Manager, GIZ, Kenya; Abel Boane, Adviser, Fundo de Energia (FUNAE), Mozambique.
Africa Mini Grids 2014 (magenta-global.com.sg) will also include an exclusive site visit and tour at a live solar project at Strathmore University.
The Summit will also showcase an international line-up of exhibitors including: Trojan Battery Company (USA), AutoGrid by Solar Trade (France), Canadian Solar Inc (Canada), and the Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (Zambia).
Organised by Singapore-based Magenta Global, the Africa Mini Grids 2014 is supported by the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), the Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the African Sustainable Energy Association (AFSEA), and (ECREEE).