HPMU at the ministerial-level side event during the Africa Climate Summit.

The past week marked a significant milestone in the renewable energy sector. Key political decision-makers, financiers, developers, and major stakeholders convened in Nairobi for the Africa Climate Summit.

I had the distinct honor of representing the Managing Director & CEO – Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad of the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria at a ministerial-level side event during the Africa Climate Summit. The event was jointly hosted by The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), The World Bank, and the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), focusing on the theme “Powering Prosperity in Africa through the Scaling of Distributed Renewable Energies (DREs) and Minigrids.”

This event brought together government officials, development partners, and private sector representatives to discuss the way forward to promote minigrids in Africa.

Key takeaways:

1. A resounding call for stronger political will to boost private-sector-led green mini-grids.

2. Commitment to a collaborative platforms that will accelerate the growth of mini-grids across the continent.

This goes in line with the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria mandate, which underscores the MD’s (Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad) unwavering commitment to strategically position the agency to develop models, projects, and programs aimed at facilitating the development of minigrids in communities that stand to benefit the most.

Glad to be part of the discussion on how we can work together to make minigrids a reality for more people in Africa especially those who currently lack access to reliable and affordable electricity. I believe that minigrids have the potential to transform lives and economies across the continent, and I am committed to doing my part to make that happen.