Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa – RES4Africa – is a leading platform for public-private dialogue in the Sub-Saharan African renewable energy context. It is a network of key international energy stakeholders – utilities, industries, agencies, technical service providers and top academia – engaged in promoting clean tech solutions in the Sub-Saharan African continent.
RES4Africa is at the moment a spin-off project of RES4Med association: www.res4med.org.
To support the deployment of renewable energy, both large scale and distributed energy, energy efficiency solutions and their integration in the local and regional markets to increase electricity access and satisfy local energy needs.
RES4Africa builds sustainable energy partnerships with a “bottom up” approach able to propose solutions customized to local contexts.
RES4Africa encourages the set-up of partnership formulas to provide decision makers with private sector perspectives to stimulate investment opportunities along the entire supply chain through networking activities among market operators, industry associations and other key stakeholders.
Priority Region: Eastern Africa
RES4Africa will initially target the Eastern African Region focusing on Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Areas of interest
The RES4Africa is engaged in the following key areas:
- Policy and regulation
Creation of a business-friendly environment is a pre-requisite for renewable energy/energy efficiency deployment;
Upgrading and expansion of power infrastructures to meet new energy requirements;
- Financing and business models
Appropriate business models and financing tools for sustainable projects – both large scale and distributed generation – and for energy efficiency applications;
- Socio-economic benefits
RE/EE deployment creates a local manufacturing and services industry. This requires the private sector’s involvement along the whole value chain to generate employment;
- Training and capacity building
An enabling environment requires the creation of skilled workforce and institutional capacity.
2017 Work Program
- Local conferences to promote an accelerated and sustainable deployment of renewables;
- Dedicated institutional and technical training courses;
- Technical summer schools;
- Country profiles;
- Analysis of investment barriers and of de-risking measures;
- Regulatory study on off-grid systems;
- Regional study on the integration of renewable energy in the electricity grids;
- Survey on RE specific technologies;
- A dedicated Library with selected publications for raising awareness;
- A powerful web site, newsletter and market observatory.
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