One major factor hindering incresed access to electricity in rural Africa are the high cost technologies which have hitherto been used. The EUEI PDF, the Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI) and Club-ER have jointly implemented a workshop aiming at empowering energy practitioners and decision-makers in Francophone Africa with the knowledge needed to successfully implement low-cost rural electrification solutions. The workshop took place on 19-20 March 2014 in Cotonou and was hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Rural Energy Agency in Benin.
The specific objectives were to:
- Raise awareness about the existence of appropriate low-cost rural electrification technologies.
- Show how and where these technologies have been implemented successfully.
- Build capacity on implementing these technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The workshop was attended by 50 practitioners from 17 countries, and included expert presentations on the various technologies, planning issues as well as on experiences made in differrent countries and specific case studies excersises. The findings of the workshop will be compiled into a learning handbook and disseminated among participants and various rural electrification authorities, regulators, ministries and utilities in Sub Saharan Africa.