ESMAP estimates that achieving universal access by 2030 will require the construction of more than 210,000 mini grids, mostly solar hybrids, connecting 490 million people at an investment cost of almost $220 billion dollars.
In Africa, mini-grids have been identified as a key platform to address critical electrification shortages. Creating successful mini grid ecosystems beyond pilot projects is now the focus of African governments facing severe shortages especially for their off-grid populations. Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Ghana are just some of the countries with frameworks and supportive policies to expand energy access through mini grids. Foundations, donors and organisations are stepping-up their financial support for mini-grids as momentum gears-up towards universal energy access by 2030.
Africa has the largest share of planned mini-grids. World Bank data showed that more than 4,000 mini-grids are currently being planned. The two largest markets for planned mini-grids in Africa are Senegal and Nigeria – these two countries alone account for about 2,000 of the 4,000 planned mini-grids in Africa.
The Summit is an opprtunity to network, share and learn from governments, regulators, utilities, investors, project developers, financiers, donor agencies, technology and solutions providers. Get the latest updates on country programs and business case for mini grids in Africa but also analyse the building blocks and mechanics behind various implementation models along with insights on how to overcome the pain points still plaguing the industry. Government officers, international experts, private sector players and investors will come together to share insights and solutions, discuss case studies, and engage in robust panel debates on how to scale-up successful mini-grid projects in Africa.
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