Webinar: Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification and Development: Enabling Effective Business Models through Well-Designed Policies

Posted September 5, 2018 at 11:16

Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 13H00 WAT; 14H00 CEST/SAST; 15H00 EAT
Duration: 90 minutes

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In this webinar, senior experts will provide an overview of the diverse mini-grids policy, regulatory and legislative environments in Central, Eastern, and Western Africa.

Project developers will share their experiences working within these diverse markets that have created a wide range of business models. We will discuss innovative business models for the development, financing, ownership, and management of mini-grids, and how governmental actions can address business barriers in areas such as licensing, tariff setting, connection costs and the provision of compensation for mini-grid businesses that are compromised by the arrival of the main grid.

The session is hosted by the AfLP together with the LEDS GP Energy Working Group.


Alexander Ochs – SD Stategies
Josh Ogada – SouthSouthNorth


Aaron Leopold – Africa Mini-Grids Developers Association
Aaron is the CEO of the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), representing the decentralised utility sector serving rural and remote populations in Africa. AMDA is building the large detailed dataset on mini-grid cost, performance and trends in the world, which will be used to create benchmarks, other evidence, and guidance for investors and policymakers on how they can fruitfully invest, regulate and plan for an integrated energy future in Africa. Aaron also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), a global industry association representing the entire rural energy value chain.

Caroline Nijland – Helios Infinitas
Ms. Caroline Nijland is working since August 2018 for Helios Infinitas, her own business for advisory services/business development and project management in the field of renewable energies and rural electrification/energy access in Africa. From 2007 till 2018 she was General Director of Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in The Netherlands. Her principal responsibilities were to find funding for the implementation of rural electrification activities in Sub-Saharan Africa (solar home systems and solar/hybrid mini-grids) and to implement rural electrification activities. As a board member of the 5 FRES companies she supervised their operations to ensure operational excellence. She worked closely with international/national governments and development institutions in Europe and Africa to implement the activities.

From February 2014 till March 2018 she was also board member/Vice-President of the Alliance for Rural Electrification in Brussel.

She was raised in various countries, including Crete, Cameroon and France and was raised in the solar energy environment. She obtained degrees in the field of Education and International Relations (master) in The Netherlands.  

From 2000, she became involved in the field of rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa and sustainable development and has extensive experience in setting up and managing small scale electricity companies in this field. She is specifically interested in the topic of providing electricity to rural and peri-urban areas through the use of solar energy or small hydropower. Her main interests are legal, regulatory, financial and operational topics.

Mukabanji Mutanuka (Engie Power Corner)
Mukabanji Mutanuka is a renewable energy and development economist with over 5 years extensive experience in the offgrid energy field. Based in Lusaka Zambia, she is responsible for the Business and Commercial Development of the Power Corner (Engie) smart mini grid innovation across Zambia. Prior to this, she has been responsible for the technical, financial and environmental design and development of off grid innovations in Zambia under the White House Led initiative- Power Africa Offgrid Energy Challenge, where she had direct oversight of development and risk management of a 30kw solar micro grid, a 60kw micro-hybrid and a 28.8kw distribution of 450 pay-as-you-go solar home systems that have increased access to clean and affordable power to over 700 households across Zambia.

Nico Peterschmidt (INENSUS)
Mr. Peterschmidt is co-founder and Managing Director of INENSUS, which is a one-stop-shop for private sector driven mini-grids, related business models and an engineering company for hybrid-power systems with high renewable penetration. He co-developed the award winning MicroPowerEconomy business and risk management model for solar/wind based mini-grid electrification. Mr. Peterschmidt is a Graduate Engineer of Power Systems Engineering with more than 10 years of experience in the African and Asian mini-grid sector. 

Vivian Vindeirinho (RVE.SOL/Kudura)
Vivian Vendeirinho is Founder of RVE.SOL and Managing Director of KUDURA Power East Africa Ltd. KPEA is a green mini-grid (GMG) project developer and operator, and a social entrepreneurship for profit that develops Rural Energy Solutions.

A pervasively positive South African/Portuguese engineer with a seasoned technology business development resume, who through RVE.SOL deployed our first rural minigrid project in Western Kenya in 2011. Still in operation today, it forms the basis of our field learning and our next phase of expansion, for which we just closed Series A finance which will see us deploy 15 communities providing service to 12,000 people during 2018.

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