Africa is among the strongest solar resources in the world, it also brings tremendous opportunities to the solar and energy storage industry. The great market potential has encouraged Leader Group to launch Africa Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 27-28, 2017. Participants such as Governments, Utilities, Project developers, Investors, Energy storage products manufacturers, Consulting firms, as well as other related sectors are invited to together discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions for solar and energy storage development in the African market, especially Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

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GMG Facility Kenya continues to accept applications from Green Mini Grid developers and programmes focused on supporting the Kenyan 2020 goal of providing access to electrification to all. A reminder that the call for application has no deadline and that the GMG Facility Managing Entity will be reviewing applicants periodically. We have begun to review the first set of applicants and will be starting the next round in the next several weeks. As the time draws near, we will announce when we plan to start the second round reviews. To get more information, please register at our online portal. Once you register, you will receive a username and password to gain access to the details in the GMG Facility Manual of Procedures on eligibility, grant awards, and application requirements.

You can check the organization and project eligibility criteria here.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:47

Launch of AMDA

The Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA) has been launched on 13th April 2018. A press release can be found here.

AMDA has chapters already in 2 countries (Kenya, Tanzania) and plans to expand to 3 more countries this year (Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda) and eventually to all of Africa. The current 11 member companies service more than 11,000 connections, and include innovative start-ups and established utilities.

Now is a pivotal moment for the mini-grid industry and AMDA looks forward to working with you to achieve our full potential. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that up to 290 million Africans will be served by mini-grids by 2030, also noting that mini-grids and other distributed, renewable solutions are the least cost option for connecting three-quarters of the unelectrified population.

If you're interested in learning more, or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to AMDA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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I-DEV, partner of the GMG Managing Entity, has published a report on solar electrification in Kenya. It highlights the growing interest and viability of energy solar solution.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 06:18

Solar lights 14% of National Hosuseholds

The KNBS report 2018 indicates (see section 3.5 in particular), that only 3% of rural Kenyans use environmentally sustainable sources of energy (14% at national level). At the same time the World Economic Forum states that, in terms of increasing access to electrity and transitioning to enviromentally fiendly sources of energy, Kenya “shows the hightest readiness scores among Sub-Saharan countries, whose popoulation faces energy access challenges” (see pages 7 and 31 to 33 of the WEF Fostering Effective Energy Transition report 2018. Find here a newspaper article that gives more information on the same. The article refers to the two reports mentioned: KNBS Basic report 2018 and WEF Fostering Effective Energy Transition report 2018.

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