In Kenya, EGP and RES4Africa Celebrate One Year of sustainable future

Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2019

“Students experimented with the many aspects of mini-grid implementation directly: from planning and development to plant operations and maintenance.”

– Prof. Andrea Micangeli, Academic Coordinator of the Micro-Grid Academy

A New Future for Africa

Micro-Grid Academy courses are a solid answer to many of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), since energy access has a positive impact on health and education services, women’s empowerment, mitigating climate change, reliable availability of water and food and energy security. 

“The Micro-Grid Academy aims to improve energy access in rural communities by promoting local entrepreneurship and the creation of new jobs.”

– Marco Aresti, Head of the Access2Energy Program for RES4Africa

Our partnership with NGOs like AVSI and CEFA has allowed people from villages with low electrification levels to participate in the training sessions, with the hope of positively influencing their areas.

RES4Africa and Enel Green Power also work with LEDsafari, a Swiss start-up that develops innovative digital products to help companies and organizations in the solar sector manage their personnel and resources. The goal is to give MGA students access to an e-learning platform, so they can continue their training remotely.

In its first year, the Micro-Grid Academy has already taken several important steps toward creating a generation of young Africans building their own future.

By continuing to combine managerial and technical skills with practical training, we’ll train at least 300 students a year: the future leaders of the African energy sector.