2024 KCP Application
Energy Africa Conference/Global Commerce Forum
Customers & Partnerships
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Project Summary / Description:
The Energy Africa Conference created a consortium of renewable power project developers. The consortium has secured four important mandates to develop solar PV and battery mini-grids for four of the largest public universities in Ethiopia, currently using wood and generators as back-up electricity sources to meet their electricity needs because of intermittent electricity supply from the national grid. The Consortium is discussing with additional five public universities to secure similar mandates to supply reliable electricity through mini-grids and reduce deforestation and carbon emissions to the atmosphere.
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Women have been an integral part of the organization. The organization is led by 8 people and four of the eight are women. Even on this project, two of the 4 people who are leading the initiative are women. The co-founder of the organization is a woman. As an organization, different projects are supported whether they be in wind, hydroelectric, solar, geothermal or waste to energy. This project is one of and most advanced in the quiver of projects that the organization is working on. The mini-grid(s) once complete will support the expansion of the university to double its student population. The project(s) will not only maintain existing jobs but also help create new ones through project employees and supporting new businesses and industrial parks (see the business plan) that the regional and state governments intend to launch once the project is complete. These projects have been put on hold because of the unreliable and limited electricity supply.
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Access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy is essential to Africa‚ economic growth and increasing the standard of living of its citizens. The synergy between renewable energy sources and new technologies promises a cost effective, environmentally friendly and sustainable approach for Africa to meet its energy needs. The Energy Africa Conference has three important objectives: 1. To highlight the severity of energy poverty and the impact of climate change on energy access. 2. Bring together business executives, policy makers, technology providers and thought leaders from the public, non-government organizations and research institutions to share ideas, best practices and form partnerships to collaboratively invest in the effort needed for Africa to meet its energy needs in a sustainable fashion. 3. To form a global network of investors, developers and other professionals that would identify and actualize renewable energy projects in the Africa to increase energy access in Africa.