In a webinar session held on Wednesday, 25th August 2021 by ATA Insights which brought together various experts in the renewable energy sector to analyze how the all-time low cost of renewables is creating an attractive environment for investment in mini grid projects in Africa.
The Head, Project Management Unit (HPMU) of the Nigeria Electrification Project – Anita Otubu and other key industry experts, Joan Chahenza – Director Energy Access Financial Advisory at Africa Mini Grid Developers Association (AMDA), Narlene Egu – Senior Energy Advisor at Power Africa (Nig) and Dennis Munuve – Principal Renewable Energy Investment Specialist at African Development Bank (AfDB) were panelists/speakers of the online session.
The session was moderated by Belen Gallego, CEO. Ata Insights (an independent strategic communications firm committed to connecting renewable energy companies and professionals with growth opportunities using online platforms to disseminate renewable energy knowledge across international borders). The discussions highlighted various challenges and opportunities available to increase the mini grid sector and other issues companies would consider before embarking on mini grid development as a business in Africa;
- Key take-aways across the main markets in Africa; Mini-grid policy and regulatory environment.
- The social and economic benefits of mini grids while ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
- The major institutions that are prepared to back mini grid projects in the African market and what they look for when deciding whether to finance a project.
- Funding opportunities available for mini-grid development in Nigeria, Sierra-Leone and more.