GMG produced 2 concept notes focused on providing business technical assistance, capital and talent resources to catalyze the mini grid and productive use of energy sectors forward in Sub-Saharan Africa. One concept focuses on a venture studio/accelerator model that provides sufficient business tactical support, paired with early pilot to pre-seed/seed growth capital to help PUE actors scale and attract future investment, taking early innovations past a critical early growth stage. A second concept focuses on attracting and cultivating best-in-class finance and operations talent to the nascent, yet high-impact and critical PUE and mini grid sector to drive growth, efficiency, cross-sector collaboration and attract investment. Both concepts were developed in collaboration with key sector actors, and focused on critical areas of strengthening identified in the GMG Barriers & Opportunities with Appliances, PUE and Access to Finance Report.

These are the 2 final documents of the set of 6

Three case studies were developed by GMG based on the findings from the recent Barriers & Opportunities report (link). Case studies provide useful insights and resources to practitioners in the mini grid and productive use of energy sector to navigate common challenges, and learn from other practitioners, potential partners and early pilots.

These 3 documents are part of a set of 6: 2, 3 and 4 over 6

This short report includes findings from GMG's analysis of key actors and key barriers to scaling sustainable mini grids with a strong focus on Kenya and East Africa. It also includes opportunities to strengthen the African mini grid sector and an overview with key highlights of three case studies for practitioners.

This document is part of a set of 6: 1 over 6

GOGLA and its partner have published the "Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report Semi-Annual Sales and Impact Data". It shows how the COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted economic activities of mini grid developers. Throughout the supply chain from manufacturing to last mile distribution, companies in the off-grid solar sector are experiencing varying degrees of vulnerability and disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more, download the report…

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  • Author GOGLA
  • Publication Date Thursday, 15 October 2020

Every year ARENA publishes its "Annual review of employment in renewables" among other annual reports. The 2020 edition is now available. It provides the latest available estimates of renewable energy employment and continues to refine and improve data and methodologies. Global numbers are based on a wide range of studies. Those studies apply varying methodologies to information of varying detail and quality.

It is to be noticed that employment in renewable energy worldwide was estimated at 11.5 million in 2019, up from 11 million in 2018. Women hold 32% of these jobs. Then, the solar PV industry retains the top spot, with 33% of the total renewable energy workforce. Another point is that building the skills base necessary to support the ongoing global energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables requires more vocational training, stronger curricula, more teacher training and expanded use of information and communications technology for remote learning. Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the importance of strong policy frameworks for renewables to achieve social, economic and environmental objectives.

For more details, download the report.

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  • Author IRENA
  • Publication Date Wednesday, 30 September 2020

With this report, the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is opening the door to a new era in the minigrid sector. This report shows how minigrid companies are rapidly reducing costs and are already significantly cheaper on a per connection basis in rural areas than their state utility counterparts. We also show the immense need to support regulatory streamlining across Africa, without which, achieving universal access in a timely manner will not be possible.

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  • Author AMDA
  • Publication Date Tuesday, 15 September 2020
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