This year’s EUEI PDF thematic Discussion Forum, entitled “From idea to Access: Energy Project development in Practice”, was held in May 2013 in Brussels. By looking into the reality of project development in African renewable energy markets, the Discussion Forum connected to the 2012 EUEI PDF’s Discussion Forum which had highlighted the importance of private sector participation in energy markets. The EUEI PDF Discussion Forums are realised in the wider context of the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and the overall objective of providing sustainable and reliable energy access by 2030.
Thus, in May 2013 practitioners operating in African renewable energy markets shared in Brussels their experiences with project developers, European policy makers, as well as business associations and development practitioners. The technical focus was on hydro power, solar PV, wind energy and solar/hybrid mini grids. Aspects concerned with market analysis, development of policies, regulation and innovative financing built the platform for fruitful discussions.