Summit timetable: 10.00h – 16.00h South Africa Standard Time ( GMT+2)

DAY ONE: Thursday 25th February 2021

9.30 Portal Registration
Opening Session
10.00 Technology Prospects in Delivering Electricity Access
Prof Abubakr S Bahaj, Head of Energy & Climate Change Division, University of Southampton, UK
Achieving Economic Growth through the Development of Mini Grids
Gillian-Alexandre Huart, CEO, ENGIE Energy Access
SESSION 1: Country Programmes Platform 1
Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda
10.35 KENYA: Regulation of Mini Grids and their Role in Transformation and Access to Electricity in Marginalised Rural Communities in Africa - The Case of Kenya
Dr John M Mutua (PhD), Deputy Director Energy Research and Policy Analysis, Economic Regulation Directorate, Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Kenya
ETHIOPIA: Mini Grids Expansion Programme in Ethiopia – Scope and Update
Hizkyas Dufera, Senior Energy Advisor, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE)
UGANDA: The Large-Scale Mini Grids Projects in Uganda
Chris Kanani, Senior Business Developer, Winch Energy, UK
RWANDA: Off-Grid Electricity - A Solution Towards Reaching Universal Access in Rwanda
Uwera Rutagarama, Director for Off-Grid & Alternative Energies, Energy Development Corp / Rwanda Energy Group
12.30 Virtual Luncheon Break
SESSION 2: Researchers’ Forum 1
State of Art to Support Electricity Access Research and development in Mini Grids and Experience from the Field
13.30 Vanadium Flow Battery Solution for Mini Grids
Carlo Brovero, CEO, StorEn Technologies
Remotely Monitor and Control Mini Grids to Enable Scale-up
Joan Tarragó, CEO, Ferntech
Scenario Modelling and Assessment of a Mini Grid Connected to Utility Network to Enhance Network Resilience
Dan Gombe, Institute of Energy Studies and Research, Kenya
A Comparison of Electricity Utilization of Mini Grid Energy in Three Rural Mini Grids in Kenya Using the Multi-Tier Framework
Dr Keren Kaberere, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
CASE STUDY: How Alpha ESS Battery Storage Solutions Work in Nigeria Solar Hybrid Mini Grids
Max Luo, Regional Supervisor for Middle East & Africa, Alpha ESS
14.45 Virtual Speed Networking in Exhibition & Virtual Lounge
SESSION 3: Scaling-up Mini Grids
15.00 Emerging Local Currency Debt Solutions for Mini Grids - Case of Nigeria
Ifechukwude Uwajeh, Deputy Director, Africa Transaction Advisory, GreenMax Capital Group
Beyond RBF for Mini Grids: Options of Channelling Local Public Finance to Private Sector Mini Grids in Cost-reflective and Uniform Tariff Policy Environments
Murefu Barasa, Managing Director, EED Advisory
DARE (Demand Aggregation for Renewable Energy) Platform
Representative, Rockefeller Foundation’s Power and Climate Initiative
16:00 End of DAY ONE

DAY TWO: Friday 26th February 2021

SESSION 4: Country Programmes Platform 2
Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia
10.00 NIGERIA: Off-Grid Electricity Access Expansion Programs – Nigerian Model
Dr Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director, REA Rural Electrification Fund, Nigeria
GHANA: Scaling Mini Grids for Last Mile Electrification in Ghana - The Role of Policy and Private Sector
Speaker to be announced
SIERRA LEONE: Latest Updates on Current Mini Grids Projects, Future Plans
Cyril Grant, Consultant Project Manager, Ministry of Energy, Sierra Leone
Nick Gardner, Country Director, UNOPS
ZAMBIA: Off-Grid Electricity Access Expansion Programs – Lessons from Zambia
Partie Kabango, Chief Engineer Power Generation & Distribution, REA Zambia
11.15 Virtual Speed Networking in Exhibition & Virtual Lounge
SESSION 5: Developers’ Forum
13.30 Getting to Scale: What it Will Take to Get to a Sector with More Than 100,000 Connections per Developer
Aaron Leopold, CEO, African Mini Grids Developers Association
Unlocking Finance – Crowd Funding and Crowd Investing Model
Lucia Kamati, Senior Project Manager, Africa Greentec
Mini Grids on Autopilot
Nico Peterschmidt, Managing Director, INENSUS
An Experimental Ag-Energy Nexus Business Model for Increasing Energy Access Impacts and Profitability
DCamille Bataille, CEO, ANKA Madagascar
Lothar Jakab, Managing Director, Steinbeis Consulting Impact Investing
Deployment of Solar Microgrids Alongside Pay-as-you-go LPG Gas for Cooking
Richard Mori, CEO, Mesh Power, Rwanda
12.45 Virtual Luncheon Break
SESSION 6: Researchers’ Forum 2
State of Art to Support Electricity Access Research and development in Mini Grids and Experience from the Field
13.45 Load Growth in Existing Mini Grids and Future Challenges
Dr Luke Blunden, Energy and Climate Change Division, Univ of Southampton, UK
Productive Use of Electricity: Case Study PV Powered Milk Cooling, Rwanda
Dr Majbaul Alam, Energy and Climate Change Division, Univ of Southampton, UK
Price Sensitivity Assessment of Mini Grid Electricity Consumers - Application of a Naïve Price Sensitivity Measurement Method
Dr Al-Mas Sendegeya, Kyambogo University, Uganda
Electricity Pre-Payment Dynamics in Mini Grids in Kenya: Lessons from E4D Mini Grids
Samson Njoroge, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
14.45 Virtual Speed Networking in Exhibition & Virtual Lounge
Large-Scale Programmes
15.00 Mini Grids as Part of a ‘Whole System’ Approach to Energy
Chris Thompson, Climate and Environment Adviser, Africa Regional Department, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
GMG Facility Kenya: Progress and Lessons Learned
Gerard Hendriksen, Team Leader, GMG, Innovation Energie Développement (IED)
Rita Labita, Supervision Consultant for AFD, Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya
Scaling the Beyond the Grid Concept in Africa
Ash Sharma, Special Adviser, Nordic Environment Finance Corp
PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Make Mini Grids Commercially Viable
Panelists include:
Benedikt Lenders, Managing Director, ENGIE PowerCorner
Claudio Pedretti, President of the Board of Directors, Alliance for Rural Electrification and CEO, Green Climate Ventures
Riccardo Ridolfi, CEO, Equatorial Power
16:00 Concluding Remarks and End of Summit
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