TODAY, the Africa Mini-grid Developers Association, AMDA, announced its official launch, with chapters already in two countries (Kenya, Tanzania) and plans to expand to three more countries this year (Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda) and eventually to all of Africa. The current 11 member companies service more than 11,000 connections, and include innovative start-ups and established utilities.
The International Energy Agency, IEA, estimates that as many 290 million Africans will be served by mini-grids by 2030, also noting that mini-grids and other distributed, renewable solutions are the least-cost option for connecting three-quarters of the unelectrified population. Mini-grids are small electricity grids with their own power generation, storage and transmission capacities. They can serve households and businesses isolated from or integrated with the main grid.
Amadou Hott, the African Development Bank’s vice-president for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, said: “Green mini-grids are an essential part of the bank’s New Deal for Energy, which envisions 75 million new connections coming from distributed energy solutions. Through our various initiatives, including the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program, the AfDB looks forward to working closely with AMDA to create the necessary conditions for scaling the sector, and energy access, across Africa.”
– Apr. 13, 2018 @ 18:18 GMT |