Sustainable and Scalable Mini-Grid Business Models

GET.transform shares insights on scalable approaches at international conference by the African School of Regulation
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The African School of Regulation (ASR), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), the Africa Forum of Utility Regulators AFUR), the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), the Global Energy Alliance for the People and the Planet (GEAPP), and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), is hosting an international online conference dedicated to mini-grids.

The conference will look at the regulatory conditions, business model designs, and financial approaches that are necessary to attain a sustainable and scalable development of the mini-grid industry. GET.transform will contribute to the conference with expert insights on viable mini-grid regulation:

“How to Make It Happen”, 24 January, 5.10pm CAT /4.10pm CET

In this session focusing on business models, Temitope Udo-Affia, Technical Assistance Coordinator for Off-Grid Regulation & Market Development at GET.transform, will share findings on aligning framework and finance to achieve mini-grid targets. Further experts participating in the session include:

  • Raul Alfaro-Pelico, Senior Director of the Africa Energy Program and the Energy Transition Academy at RMI
  • Joseph Nganga, Executive Director for Africa of The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, GEAPP
  • Benjamin Curnier, Principal Green Mini-Grids Officer, Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, SEFA, African Development Bank Group (Moderator)

“Outstanding Regulatory, Business Model, and Financial Problems”, 25 January, 3.15pm CAT /2.10pm CET

Honing in on the key issues hindering full-scale impact, Henry Jumba, Country Coordinator Uganda at GET.transform, will share share learnings and best practices from a policy and regulatory aspect: A Uganda experience. Further speakers are:

  • James Albert Knuckles, Consultant at the Global Facility on Mini Grids, ESMAP
  • Daniel Kiptoo, Director General of Kenya’s Energy Regulator, EPRA
  • Nico Peterschmidt. Co-founder and CEO of INENSUS
  • Sanjana Srivastav, Energy Economist for the State Fragility Initiative, at the International Growth Centre, London Hub
  • Idris Tayebi, Director, NEoT Offgrid Africa
  • Ghita Benabderrazik, Investment Officer, Africa Upstream Infrastructure, at IFC, World Bank Group (Moderator)

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23-25 January, 2023