The Micro-Grid Academy (MGA) is a regional capacity building platform that provides theoretical and practical training on energy access and decentralised renewable energy solutions to young East-African and international technicians, entrepreneurs and engineers. The project aims to enhance access to energy in rural communities fostering local enterprise and job creation, while positively impacting health and education services, female empowerment, climate change mitigation, reliable water and food production and energy security, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Located in KPLC Institute of Energy Studies & Research in Nairobi, Kenya, the MGA is coordinated by RES4Africa, in partnership with Enel Foundation, the national Kenyan Utility KPLC, Strathmore University, AVSI Foundation and St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute, and endorsed by EACREEE. To support the theoretical lectures with practical learning, a real 30 kW hybrid mini-grid will be installed on-site thanks to the contribution of RES4Africa members.
January 2018 - MGA Pilot course
The first course gathered 40 students from Europe and East-Africa including lecturers from KPLC, Strathmore University, St. Kizito VTI, UN Habitat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University of New York, State University of New York, Sapienza University of Rome, Sigora and GIZ.
April 2018 - MGA course with UNEP women
In April 2018, the MGA held a second course and trained 40 students, including 20 women selected by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) from the Africa Women Energy Entrepreneurs Framework (AWEEF), a platform that empowers women entrepreneurs as main stakeholders across the energy value chain. The course lectures had a direct focus on entrepreneurship and clean energy access, both central to the UN SDGs. Other than UNEP, the MGA latest course actively involved the UN Habitat and UNIDO.
July 2018 - Design Thinking Workshop
The first Design Thinking Workshop was held in from 10 - 13 July and was attended by 18 selected participants belonging to relevant stakeholders interested both in learning and teaching at the MGA. Participants came from a wide range of backgrounds, including scholars selected through Open Africa Power, representatives from AMDA and the NGOs Energy for Impact and Hand in Hand, consultants, engineers, women entrepreneurs invited by UNEP, village technicians, trainers and experts. Participants provides their expertise as main players of the energy market in the country, strengthening their partnership and improving the MGA didactic offer.
November 2018 - Micro-Grid Academy on Tour
The first session of the Micro-Grid Academy on Tour was held in Lusaka on the sidelines of the RES4Africa Program Launch in Zambia. The three-day workshop was attended by more than 100 people and included four sessions (Mini-grid technologies, University experience, Mini-grid project development and Mini-grid regulatory policies and finance) and a site visit to a 20-kWp PV plant.