Program Highlights

Issues to be Addressed at this Event:

Market Trends
•      Technical & Commercial Challenges for mini grids and rural electrification
•      Innovative concepts for off-grids implementation & access to credits
•      Project updates in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and more

Advancing the Commercial Use of Mini Grids in:
•      Mining
•      Heavy industries
•      Sugar and agriculture
•      Tourism and other commercial industries

Renewable technologies & Hybrids
•      Comparative analysis of various RE technologies
•      Matching of technologies to suit specified objectives
•      Integration of Mini grids and intelligent metering system
•      Control Mechanisms for generation and load management
•      Case studies of low voltage and mid voltage mini grids in operation
•      Business models for hybrid systems

Regulations & Policy
•      What can a regulator do to promote the commercial viability of mini-grids?
•      A risk benefit analysis of regulation vs deregulation for mini grid operators
•      Who should regulate and why light-handed regulation will work best in certain situations
•      Characteristics of a good regulation framework and approval system
•      Tariffs, incentives, subsidies, carbon credits and advance payments
•      A comparative analysis of PPA's for mini grid operators vs other producers

Financing & Investment
•      Strategies to move away from "charitable capital" to ensure a sustainable and reliable funding pool
•      Analysing the risk-returns and criteria of a mini-grid investment in terms of scalability, distribution challenges and market growth
•      Viable financing models and latest effective approaches
•      Overcoming a "pre-mature" market mentality landscape, little private sector involvement and lack of local lenders offering long tenor financing and feasible rates
•      Risk management to mitigate grant delays and uncertainties

Knowledge Transfer & Human Capital
•      Creating the scalable operating model to ensure long term commercial viability for developers
•      Overcoming the scarcity of human capital and the viability of capacity building efforts
•      Risk management perspectives on tackling ground level issues on security, equipment theft, maintenance
•      Achieving the social licence to operate and getting the community buy-in to ensure smooth implementation
•      Strategies to emphasize social, health and environmental benefits to stakeholders to achieve economic benefits