The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Africa including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Energy Access Fund to Boost Development of Off-Grid Microgrids and Minigrids

A new energy access fund has been launched in a bid to promote and support the development of microgrids and other measures across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. The Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) is backed by a partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors. Managed by Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA), its … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Model for South African Coal

South African state-owned energy giant Eskom has outlined plans to boost its clean energy ambitions with a foray into microgrid development. According to statements from Andre de Ruyter, chief executive of Eskom Holdings, the company plans to accelerate its transition away from coal, which currently provides the bulk of its generation … [Read more...]

PowerGen Partners with CrossBoundary Energy Access to Develop 28 Minigrids in Rural Nigeria

PowerGen, a leading distributed energy developer in Africa, has partnered with CrossBoundary Energy Access to build 28 minigrids after securing $9 million in construction financing. Although the minigrids’ technical specifications are yet to be announced, PowerGen will develop and maintain systems to provide approximately 55,000 rural … [Read more...]

IKEA Foundation and Rockefeller to Infuse $1 Billion into Global Electrification

The IKEA Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed by the founder of furniture giant IKEA, and The Rockefeller Foundation have set up a $1 billion platform to develop minigrids and other decentralized energy projects for the 3.6 billion people with unreliable electricity or none at all. Announced Monday, the program aims to reduce 1 … [Read more...]

Will Utility Partnerships in Minigrid Projects Help Overcome Electrification Barriers in Uganda?

In Uganda, numerous challenges stand in the way of providing reliable electricity. But a pilot minigrid project aims to help overcome the roadblocks. Most utilities are government owned and lose money. In fact, only two utilities of the 39 in sub-Saharan Africa yield a positive cash flow, and they are privately owned, said Sumaya Mahomed, … [Read more...]

SIMA Commits $1 Million to Renewvia Energy for Solar Microgrid Development in Rural Kenya

The impact financing group Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA) has committed $1 million in funding to the global solar developer Renewvia Energy to bring more solar microgrids to rural Kenya. With the new funding, Renewvia Energy plans to provide over 7,500 new East African individuals and local businesses with renewable … [Read more...]

How to Bring Microgrids to Areas Without Electricity

The challenges of bringing microgrids to the more than 800 million people who lack electricity include costs, technology and financing, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 session on "New Strategies to Hasten Microgrid Adoption in Remote Regions." But one of the underlying keys to success is understanding the needs of the communities the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Three Winners of the 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

This year’s Microgrid Greater Good Award winners provide essential services to refugees in Uganda, electrify a birthing clinic in Kenya and keep food fresh and safe in South Australia. The awards were announced today at Microgrid 2021, a virtual conference hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. Microgrid Knowledge launched the award program three … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Finalists for Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the six finalists for this year's Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the six finalists, three winners will be chosen and announced June 1, as part of Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, a free virtual conference that has attracted several thousand participants from across the globe. Now … [Read more...]

Look Who’s Speaking at Microgrid 2021!

Microgrid 2021 is fast approaching with thousands of audience members already registered to hear some of the top thinkers in the industry discuss why microgrid technology is fast becoming vital to those who value reliable, cost-effective and sustainable energy. A virtual gathering, "Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids" offers lively … [Read more...]