KENYA: Solar Expo Kenya’s 7th edition to host participants from 20 countries in June 2020

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KENYA: Solar Expo Kenya's 7th edition to host participants from 20 countries in June 2020©pcruciatti/Shutterstock

Several actors in the growing solar energy market will meet in the Kenyan capital from the 3rd to the 5th of June 2020 to discuss the financing of solar energy, especially for the installation of mini-grids. Nairobi will host delegations from 20 countries from Africa and the world.

Access to electricity is at the heart of major current issues in Africa. An important concern as the continent enters the third decade of the 21st century with projections that are hardly optimistic. While the problem is almost general in sub-Saharan Africa, it finds a particular focus in Kenya where the national electricity grid does not serve remote localities. The authorities in this East African country are betting on renewable energies, especially solar.

The solution that is needed today is decentralised electricity production, which includes small investments and rapid deployment in remote areas. Mini-solar grids will thus occupy an important place in the discussions at the 7th Solar Expo Kenya. The event takes place from June 3 to 5, 2020 in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Participants from 20 countries will discuss the state of Kenya’s power sector, the emerging off-grid solar revolution in East Africa, the role of development finance institutions, export credit agencies and private investment in financing renewable energy.

Several well-known operators will be present in Nairobi. These include John Van Zuylen, the founder of the newly formed African Solar Industry Association (Afsia) and Benedikt Boehm, one of the heads of Dhybrid Power Systems, a German-based off-grid provider.

For more information on the event, click here.

Jean Marie Takouleu

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