ESI Africa is celebrating its 20th anniversary. As part of celebrating this milestone, we ask you – our valued readers – to vote for one of your favourite featured articles from last year. See below to vote before 26 January and we will share the results in the weekly newsletter.

Are Mini-Grids the Missing ‘Middle’ in Kenya?
By Jacinta Murunga
With enhanced capacity building to qualify solar technicians, availability of vast financing mechanisms, and continued support to streamline policy and regulatory frameworks, are our mini-grid efforts geared towards creating total access?

Financing renewable energy projects in Uganda
By Stephanie Rieger
Exploring the GET FiT Uganda programme: An innovative approach to facilitating private sector investments into renewable energies. Uganda has rich renewable energy resources for hydro power, biomass and solar. Since public funds are limited the necessary investments cannot be made by the government alone. Therefore, there is a need for private capital, but the private sector faces significant barriers to invest in the Ugandan power sector.

The distribution ‘chain of events’ connecting Kenya’s last mile
By Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
In many developing countries, the rate of electrification is not keeping pace with the growth of urban, informal, and rural communities. To this end, the Kenyan government has made it a priority-target to reach the unconnected through its Last Mile Project, which has to date made concerted progress to connect institutions, such as schools and hospitals, as well as households to on-grid electricity.

Africa and the Invention of a Renewable, Decentralised Grid
By Jim Rogers
American power utilities have a legacy issue. Over the past century, trillions of dollars have been invested in centralised generation and hundreds of thousands of miles of distribution and transmission lines. While this has been a marvel of engineering, there is mounting consensus that the 21st century “grid” must be more sustainable – financially, politically or environmentally – especially as the price of renewable energy and storage continues to drop.

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