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Exploiting Opportunities in Renewable Energy & Rural Electrification

Exploiting Opportunities in Renewable Energy & Rural Electrification

State 

completed

Date 

28 November, 2014

Country 

Kenya

Region 

East Africa

Summary

The dialogue held in conjunction with the Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP), brought together international, regional, and local non state stakeholders. The discussed topics covered solar off-grid electricity, mini-grids as well as cooking technologies and appliances. The event was organised on the premise of keeping the momentum of engagement and discussions between African and European private sector players. Speakers recognised the importance of off-grid and mini-grid technologies as a promising solution to reduce energy poverty and facilitate the growth of energy markets in the region.

The Forum also examined ways in which the private sector and development partners could support the realisation of energy access through rural electrification; energy efficiency and renewable energy in Kenya under the UN led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Dialogue aimed to boost renewable energy, rural electrification and clean cooking in Kenya by:

  • increasing and attracting private sector, civil society
  • and donor investments and operations
  • enhancing engagement in policy-making and implementation towards universal energy access
  • strengthening mutual understanding, as well as partnerships between civil society, private sector and the government

The event allowed identification of numerous opportunities for partnership, business-to-business cooperation among participants. The Forum closed with a commitment from the public sector, private sector, civil society and donors to boost renewable energy, rural electrification and clean cooking in Kenya.

 

 

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