United Nations Environmental Programme
Under the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), UNEP is working in collaboration with related UN bodies, governments and other stakeholders to foster mini-grid projects in remote communities. The aim is to attract private sector investment for clean energy mini-grids, which is a key element to bringing affordable clean energy solutions to such communities.
UNEP is working with Helios Social Enterprise to develop clusters of village-based mini-grids in Tanzania.
UNEP has existing programmes to demonstrate the effectiveness of clean energy mini-grids in rural areas and islands in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and has also just launched new initiatives for remote communities in South Africa and Mozambique, with plans for similar programmes in Botswana, Namibia and Nigeria.
University of Southampton
The University of Southampton is responsible for executing the ‘Energy for Development’ (E4D) Project, supported by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, (DECC) which has installed and is operating solar PV-powered electrical mini-grid systems in a number of villages in Kenya and Cameroon, focusing on the provision of power to SMEs and public loads. The project has placed great emphasis on monitoring the social and economic impacts of these interventions.
The team from Southampton, headed by Prof. Abu Bakr Bahaj, Head of Energy & Climate Change Division, Sustainable Energy Research Group, provides unique specialist technical advice to Helios Social Enterprise on mini-grid design and operation
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