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Conference Proceedings 2018: Technical Workshops

Wednesday 12 September 2018


Challenges and opportunities in the mini-grid market – findings from the EEP Africa portfolio

12:00 – 13:30

EEP Africa, in close collaboration with Power for All, will launch an in-depth study on mini-grids based on findings from the portfolio of pioneering mini-grid projects receiving support as part of the EEP Africa mandate to provide early stage grant and catalytic financing on competitive basis to innovative, private sector-led clean energy projects in Southern and East Africa.

Wim Jonker Klunne, Lead Coordinator, EEP Africa

  1. Presentation of main findings
  2. Panel discussion and reactions:
  • Aaron Leopold, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Mini-grid Developers Association, Country?
  • Joyce DeMucci, Team Leader, GMG Facility Kenya, Kenya
  • Cherif Seye, African Development Bank / Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, Kenya
  • Francesco Bisleti, Portfolio Impact Officer, AECF, Kenya

Riccardo Ridolfi, Founder and CEO, Equatorial Power, Uganda

Off grid solutions

14:00 –14:30

Off grid solar PV systems, quality assurance and standardisation
Anne Wacera Wambugu, Quality Manager, AFSEC Africa, Kenya

14:30 – 15:00

Integration of off-grids in the planning and development of towns and counties in Kenya

Mairuna Omwenga, Chairman, Town and County Planners Association of Kenya, Kenya

15:00 – 15:30

On grid solutions

How to fund your commercial or industrial solar project
Omar Sadder, Country Manager, Yellow Door Energy, Kenya

Thursday 13 September 2018


Reducing technical losses

10:00 – 11:00

Preventing faults and increasing the life-span of substation assets through partial discharge Travelling wave fault location system

Mariella Gastaldelli, Regional Area Manager, ISA – Altanova Group, Italy

Mariella Gastaldelli 1

Mariella Gastaldelli 2

11:00 – 11:30

Lessons learnt: Modernisation of HPP in Zambia
Stipan Kaleb, Project Manager, KONCAR, Croatia

11:30 – 12:00

Adopting renewable energy practises for utilities

11:30 – 12:00

Technical, financial, policy and legal barriers on the adoption of renewable technologies
Christopher Opio, Customer Service Engineer, Umeme, Uganda

12:00 – 12:30

Technical risk mitigation during the development, construction and operation of solar PV projects (rooftop and utility scale)

Riaan Meyer, Managing Director, GeoSun, South Africa

12:30 – 13:00

The role of sustainable biomass in the future energy mix

Andrew Amadi, Secretary, Association of Energy Professionals, Kenya

13:00 – 13:30

Geothermal energy in Kenya’s energy mix

Mike Karanja,  Executive Officer, Geothermal Association of Kenya, Kenya

13:30 – 14:00

Practical experience developing a large scale solar project in Kenya

Alfred Achar, MD, Quaint Energy, Kenya

Energy efficiency: Savings before increasing capacity?

14:00 – 14:30

Energy management in green buildings, Kenya
Wangari Muchiri, Renewable Energy Engineer, Kenya Green Building Society, Kenya

Academic research from Strathmore University

14:30 – 15:00

Performance evaluation of the 600kW grid tied solar PV system at Strathmore University
Ignatius Maranga, Research Fellow, Strathmore University, Kenya