Actors of change in the clean energy mini grids sector

Entrepreneurship support (Women and men as actors of change in the rural electrification sector) in the rural electrification sector

Mini-grids are increasingly emerging as a very sustainable solution to energy challenges. The role of developers, operators and entrepreneurs of Clean Energy Mini Grids (CEMG) is now crucial and their expertise and skills are crucial to the successful of the operating/management of CEMG projects.
As part of the project Improving the governance of the RE and EE sector in West Africa (AGoSEREE-AO) funded by the European Union and the German Cooperation, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and GIZ are accompanying entrepreneurs and/or developers who invested in or are planning to invest in CEMG.
Field missions revealed a big demand of skills and on the core disciplines, the mostly demanded are in the areas of project management, enterprise management, financial modelling and proposal writing. A tailored module composed of Technical training, Financial training, Business development training & HOMER training was then developed and validated during a regional workshop with relevant national actors (rural electrification agencies of the ECOWAS region) and also regional actors.
After an open, broad and gender sensitive call for application, in December 2019, the first batch of CEMG professionals from Francophone ECOWAS countries and Mauritania was trained in the Centre des Métiers de l’Electricité, Bingerville (Côte d’Ivoire). The training is expected to ensure a sustainable performance of the CEMG projects in the region.
ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency,
GIZ energy programme ProMERC (including AGoSEREE-AO project)
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