GREEN MINI-GRIDS: A target of more than 25,000 connections to households and businesses in rural Kenya.
Exclusive interview with Rita Nkatha Laibuta, Supervision Consultant: Green
During a session on “Bankability of mini-grid projects” at the upcoming Future Energy East Africa in Nairobi in September, Ms Laibuta will unpack the “Green Mini-Grids PUE Guides and Access to Finance Pilot Programme”.
Let’s start with some background on yourself, your organisation and the kind of work that you do in the energy sector.
I am a trained Electrical Engineer, with a second degree in Energy Engineering after realising that there are numerous prospects in the Renewable Energy sector. I have been practising in the energy
The GMG Facility is a 15MEUR grant facility funded by DFID and EU-AITF to support private sector
A lot of the challenges we are facing are quite well known. I would say uncertainty of the regulatory environment which ties in with government buy-in of private sector projects; tariff disparity between utility and private-led electrification projects (i.e. uniform vs
Most of the East African countries are able to achieve 100% electrification through renewable energy. With the right environment, we can be leading globally on this front. There is also a huge opportunity for public-private partnerships in the energy sector. Lastly, disruptive technology could abruptly change status quo, this is something that gets me very excited – for example, a major advancement in storage could lead to huge savings in the implementation of renewable energy technologies like solar and wind, therefore enabling African countries to electrify off-grid communities at much lower costs.
What is your vision for the industry?
Firstly, to move away from the “dark continent” narrative by achieving 100% access to clean energy. Secondly, to utilise electricity for an industrial revolution in Sub Sahara Africa, therefore creating jobs for the youth. And finally, using renewable energy to move us away from the developing countries’ status to countries which are economically stable. As African countries, we have the opportunity to be the pioneers for innovative Distributed Energy systems.
What surprises you about this sector?
When I joined GMG in 2017, the
At the upcoming Future Energy East Africa, you are part of the conference programme. Can you give us a sneak preview of what your message will be at the event? Or what your expectations are?
I will be speaking about what GMG has done to support PUE in Kenya and the role of PUEs for