November 2018 – Lusaka, Zambia
The first Micro-Grid Academy “On tour” session took place in Lusaka between 22 and 26 of November 2018 on the sidelines of the RES4Africa’s Program Launch in Zambia. The activity gathered 62 attendees belonging to academic institutions, governmental bodies and private companies.
Jointly organized by RES4Africa, University of Zambia (UNZA) and UNDP, supported by Enel Foundation, and under the patronage by the Zambian Ministry of Energy, the three-day workshop was opened by the Launch of UNZA’s Solar Energy Centre (SEC), which was attended by more than 100 people, with the participation of H.E. Amb. Filippo Scammacca, Ambassador of Italy to Zambia, H.E. Amb. Li Jie Ambassador of China to Zambia, Ms. Janet Rogan UNDP Resident Representative and H.E. Matthew Nkhuwa, Cabinet Minister of Energy of Zambia.
The workshop was aimed at (a) strengthening capacities and cooperation opportunities among local and international stakeholders, (b) spreading best practices, (c) supporting capacity building and market creation and (d) establishing active synergies that can support the local decision makers in the creation of an enabling environment based on the nexus between renewable energy and productive uses that can spur the local economy.
The workshop included four different sessions (Mini-grid technologies, University experience, Mini-grid project development and Mini-grid regulatory policies and finance) and a site visit to the 20-kWp PV plant providing energy to the government clinic in Chongwe under the EU program “Solar for Health”.
The activities were held by an international network of universities (Sapienza University of Rome, Strathmore University, University of Oxford, University of Cape Town, UNZA, Copperbelt University), companies (Wind Kinetic, ZAMTEL, SMART VILLAGE, etc.), associations and international organizations (UNDP, EU, ARE, PFAN), and local authorities (REA, ZABS, TEVETA, ERB – Energy Regulatory Board).
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