Press Releases- Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid

Power to the people: Mobilizing investment and innovation for sustainable energy in Africa

High-level roundtable organized jointly by UN-OHRLLS and EnergyNet Ltd

Press release: 28/11/16

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), together with EnergyNet will be convening a joint high-level roundtable on 6 December 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The event will bring together participants from the two sustainable energy events which are running back to back in Dar es Salaam during a week dedicated to sustainable energy. Roundtable participants will discuss practical ways for African countries to achieve the three universal goals on sustainable energy. With a particular focus on building durable partnerships and financing initiatives, contributors will draw on their experience working in the field of sustainable energy, sharing success stories but also highlighting challenges and lessons learnt in mobilizing investment and innovation.

Prior to the roundtable, UN-OHRLLS will host the 2 day meeting Regional Meeting on Sustainable Energy for Least Developed Countries, 5-6th December, which will bring together key stakeholders in the African energy sector, highlighting ways to put energy finance in motion for least developed countries and deliver life changing benefits to vulnerable communities. Sessions will offer practical, workable solutions in areas including access to finance for energy initiatives, energy investment and business plans, benefitting from global energy initiatives, project preparation skills to attract investment and partnerships for sustainable energy.

The Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid Summit, taking place 6-8th December will focus on project opportunities for mini- and off-grid technology providers working in Africa’s energy space. The Summit will bring together ministries of energy, rural electrification agencies, philanthropic business foundations, banks, regulatory bodies, multilateral organisations and off-grid businesses to discuss topical issues concerning rolling-out off-grid projects across Africa.

Registered participants at both the UN-OHRLLS and EnergyNet’s Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid Summit are invited to attend and the event which will also be open for members of the press. A brief Q&A session will take place at the end of the roundtable for members of the press.

When: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, 6 December 2016

Where: Conference Hall of Bank of Tanzania, 2 Mirambo Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11884

Speakers:          

Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General, UN-OHRLLS

Hon. Sospeter M. Muhongo (MP), Minister for Energy and Minerals, The United Republic of Tanzania (tbc)

Mr. Joseph Yado Howe, Assistant Minister for Energy, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberia (tbc)

Christopher Baker Brian, Co-Founder, BBOXX

Veronica Bolton-Smith, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, EnergyNet Ltd.

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Organisers of the Africa Energy Forum to launch the 1st Africa Energy Forum- Off the Grid this December in Tanzania

Press release: 13/10/16

Following a high interest in off grid ventures and technologies at this year’s Africa Energy Forum in London as well as in-depth study of over 100 local community commissionaires from across Kenya and Tanzania, the organiser EnergyNet will launch the conference dedicated to the off grid and mini grid project opportunities. Taking place in Dar es Salaam, the 1st Africa Energy Forum- Off the Grid is expected to bring together ministries of energy, rural electrification agencies, philanthropic business foundations, banks, regulatory bodies, multilateral organisations and off grid businesses to discuss topical issues concerning rolling out off-grid projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Such pyramid approach to fast track community relationship-building, will mean no longer just talking about getting the energy to market, but actively meeting the people with the ability to galvanise communities around your product.

To support large scale power development, small scale renewable investors are already penetrating these markets in a far more dynamic and profitable way than ever before. Involvement of companies such has Solar Turtle, PowerHive, OffGrid Energy, Genesis Energy, M-KopaShakeYourPower, Airon, Off Grid Electric and Zoetic Global is growing daily, and according to EnergyNet’s MD- Simon Gosling “It is our responsibility to provide a platform that hastens the pace that these technologies can get to market.”  In Tanzania alone, the World Bank has recently approved $209 million of financing to implement a Rural Electrification Expansion Programme, which supports the decision to host this key meeting there and continue the organiser’s long standing partnership with one of Africa’s most exciting destinations.

Since the announcement of the conference, number of key industry players confirmed their involvement: Virgin Unite, Shell Foundation, Rural Electrification Agency, Uganda, Azuri Technologies, Africa Finance Corporation, DFID, EDFIMC / ElectriFI, Fluidic Energy, Off-Grid Electric, M-KOPA, Power Hive, Rex Energy, SIDI, Tetra Tech, Tanzania Invest, World Bank. One of the first to confirm their support was Benjamin Hay, the Strategy & Investment Director at Virgin Unite. He comments that “with the sustainable development goals hoping to deliver affordable, reliable and clean energy for all by 2030, the Off the Grid provides a wonderful platform to build partnerships with individuals and organisations who want to help achieve this ambition.”

Among confirmed speakers are:

·         H.E. Hon Simon Dujanga, Minister of State for Energy, Government of Uganda

·         Dr Benon Mutambi, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda

·         Godfrey R. Turahikayo, Executive Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Uganda

·         Isaac Kiva, Director of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Kenya

·         Emilian Nyanda, Deputy Commissioner for Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Tanzania

·         Focus Mrosso, Manager Syndication, Project Finance, CRDB Bank, Tanzania

·         Ferhat Esen, Energy Specialist, The World Bank

·         Decklan Mahiki, Deputy Managing Director, TANESCO