RES4Africa & partners launch Micro-Grid Academy in Nairobi

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The RES4Africa Micro-Grid Academy (MGA) completed its official opening ceremony on Monday afternoon, 22 January 2018 at KPLC IESR – Institute of Energy Studies & Research, Ruaraka, Nairobi. The event included a site visit gathering 40 international stakeholders to the future MGA venue and the certification ceremony of the first MGA’s students.

The MGA is a new capacity building platform located in KPLC Institute of Energy Studies & Research, that provides theoretical and practical trainings on energy access and decentralised renewable energy solutions to young East-African and international technicians and engineers. A real 30 kW mini-grid will be installed on-site in the next months, to enhance the training options. The first course (January 15-25) is currently hosted in KPLC and Strathmore University, St. Kizito and UN-Habitat premises, with lecturers from KPLC, Strathmore University, GIZ, St. Kizito VTI, Sigora, UN Habitat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, State University of New York, RES4Africa and Sapienza University of Rome.

The ceremony included a visit led by Nino Cirrincione, technical coordinator of the MGA, of around 40 international stakeholders to the sights, the teaching rooms and technical facilities. The event was highlighted by high-level speeches including from Mr. Mauro Massoni, Ambassador of Italy to Kenya, Dr. Francesco La Camera, Director for Sustainable Development of the Italian Ministry of Environment, and Mr. Jeremiah Kiplagat, Director of Kenya Power International. Prof. Andrea Micangeli delivered the certificates of attendance to the students coming from Italy, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, after completing the first MGA course cycle. Mr. Roberto Vigotti, RES4Africa Secretary General, concluded the ceremony with closing remarks, confirming the unique added value of a real regional capacity building project such as MGA.

Marco Aresti, responsible of access2energy at RES4Africa, declared that the MGA project was initiated as a result of the RES4Africa launch in 2016 and the official launch during the RES4Africa G7 Energy Side Event on 9 April 2017 in Rome, to accelerate the uptake of decentralized energy and rural electrification in East-Africa.

The Micro-Grid Academy is part of two concrete outcomes from the 2016 RES4Africa launch conference. The other outcome is the RES4Africa/CESI grid integration study, “Integration of non-programmable renewal energy in the national electric system of Kenya”), which identifies the potential integration of non-programmable renewable energy (RE) such as wind & solar PV into Kenya’s electrical grid, taking account the country’s renewables development scenario for 2025 and 2030.

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For further information please contact:

Marco Aresti 
RES4Africa Access2Energy Senior Program Manager