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Bet-city Donates Solar Panels To Secondary School

Kikagate seed secondary School, a government aided schools operating without electricity received an assortment of sola panel donation from Bet-city the company that brings you the Supa3 game.

The donation is meant to improve performance of students in the School. Students can now with the help of solar lighting for extra hours in the night.

Jamal Sultan the country manager at Bet-city, said that lack of adequate lighting critically undermines children’s ability to study in the evening and consequently constrains their performance in the classrooms. “In this digital era, lighting is ever more important for students living in rural regions to keep up with and compete with those in urban areas” said Jamal.

“Solar energy is an excellent alternative for fossil fuels like coal because it is practically emission free. With solar energy the danger of further damage to the environment is minimized” Jamal concluded.

World Bank Must Do More To Eradicate Energy Poverty In Africa, Say African Leaders

Speaking at the World Bank meeting in Bali this month Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank President, said that African leaders have approached him and said that they need more support to provide baseload power in their countries.

He said that these African leaders are telling him it is wrong for institutions like the World Bank to tell them they cannot use fossil fuels for baseload electricity.

Speaking in Bali, Kim said that leaders across the developing world are telling him: "You've come to us in Africa who have put almost none of the carbon in the air and you can tell us we can't have baseload electricity,”

“You're outraged by climate change, we have almost no responsibility for putting the carbon in the air and yet you're telling us we can't develop and have baseload energy because we can't use a single drop of fossil fuel for our own energy needs. And I can tell you, when I hear that from our leaders, from people in industry, in places like Africa, it's compelling to me."

An estimated 1.1 billion people – 14% of the global population – do not have access to electricity according to the International Energy Agency. The World Bank has announced it will not fund upstream oil and gas projects from 2019 onwards, which follows a similar ban on coal financing.

Kim added at the Bali meeting: "We feel that you have to listen to the social justice arguments from people from poor countries who have not put any of the carbon in the air and want to have baseload."

It was reported in May by Bloomberg that climate talks organized by the United Nations ended with "developing countries demanding more clarity from their richer counterparts on when a promised package of $100 billion in finance will materialize". The piece said that "developing nations want more detail on what money is coming before signing up to the Paris rules".

In late 2017 Standard and Poor's released a report questioning questioning where $100 billion would come from, citing a need for many countries to increase budgets and debt burdens to finance their pledges.

The report by Standard and Poor's said: "In our view, it is very unlikely that governments would be willing, or able, to risk deteriorating their creditworthiness by stretching their budgets and debt burdens to fund the implementation costs."

Togolese, Eranove Group Sign Agreement For 65MW Electricity Plant

Under the high patronage of His Excellency Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of the Togolese Republic, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Marc Dèdèriwè Ably-Bidamon, and the Director General of the pan-African industrial group Eranove, Marc Albérola, signed on 23 October a power generation concession agreement for the design, financing, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the Kékéli Efficient Power plant (Kékéli meaning "aurora" in the Mina language), which will be located in the Lomé port area.

This project follows a competitive dialogue launched in January 2018. It includes the participation of Siemens, which wishes to be actively involved in the electrification efforts of the Togolese Republic, and will provide the turbines, technology and maintenance services for the power plant. The construction will be carried out by the Spanish group Grupo TSK (EPC).

As for the financing to be mobilized in CFA francs, the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and the pan-African banking group Oragroup will be the lead partners. The Eranove group will develop, operate and maintain this plant, which will eventually be operated and managed by Togolese people.

With an installed capacity of 65 MW, the Kékéli Efficient Power gas plant will use combined cycle technology. The technology makes it possible to produce more electricity without extra gas consumption while limiting CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to electricity production that respects the sector's economic and financial balance and the environment.

According to Mr. Marc Dèdèriwè Ably-Bidamon, Togo's Minister of Mines and Power, the structuring and strategic project is in line with the dual will of his Excellency Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé and the Government to promote the national economy and cope with the ever-increasing demand for electrical power.

The Minister also says that the plant will be at the service of the development of the entire Togo development and provide extra electrical power for some 263,000 Togolese households.

Developing the Kékéli Efficient Power plant in Togo is also an important step in the growth of the pan-African industrial group Eranove. Eranove already operates 1,247 MW of generating capacity and is currently developing projects aiming to bring 1,000 MW to the continent's service.

"We are very happy and extremely proud to contribute in designing the national strategy and implementing the National Development Plan by developing the new electricity production unit alongside the Togolese Republic, and we thank the country's authorities for their trust.

Thanks to its recognized expertise and African roots, Eranove Group constantly strives to develop structuring, efficient and adapted projects for the continent. In order to ensure a successful quality public/private partnership, we have assembled an innovative pan-African financing mechanism denominated exclusively in CFA francs (a first for an Independent Electricity Producer in Africa) mobilized by regional institutions, as well as by renowned pan-European technical partners with Eranove, Siemens and TSK. The project is a perfect illustration of the model we want to promote in order to meet the challenge of access to electricity and water in Africa", says Marc Albérola, CEO of Eranove Group.

Backed by its leading shareholder Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a pan-African leader in private equity raising $3 billion of assets dedicated to the African continent, Eranove Group is developing numerous projects in Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Madagascar, and Mali

EnergyWeek Morocco To Welcome 400 Energy Decision-Makers

EnergyWeek Morocco will take place from 14-15th November in Marrakech. The event is a platform for decision-makers in the energy sector to discuss the progress of regional power projects in North & West Africa.

Two separate investment meetings will be hosted within this week - the 3rd annual Africa Renewable Energy Forum to explore opportunities for gas and renewable energy project development.

The event is endorsed by the Ministries of Energy of Morocco, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Gabon, Liberia, Mali,  Mauritania and Sierra Leone with the support of leading Moroccan organisations ONEE, ONHYM,  MASEN and AMEE, as well as lead private sector companies BP, Cheniere, Fieldstone, Skypower, ENGIE, Wartsila, Acwa Power, Ibvogt and Larsen & Toubro.

The rise of renewables across Africa

Recent estimates from IRENA indicated US$32 billion is required each year from 2015 to 2030 to fully exploit Africa's renewable energy potential.  With many North & West African countries harbouring significant untapped natural resources, a vast potential exists for the continued development of an investment in renewable power projects.

Ambitious goals have been set by governments to increase renewable energy generation, such as Morocco's targets of achieving 52% clean energy from sources such as solar and wind by 2030, or Nigeria's vision of renewables accounting for 10% total energy consumption by 2025.

Milestone projects are now driving forward this momentum, such as Morocco's 580MW Noor Ouarzazate IV power station, scheduled to be fully commissioned by October 2018, or Senegal's 29 MW Senergy 1 solar PV plant – currently the largest solar farm in West Africa.

The future of gas in Africa

With gas widely considered the most affordable and clean base-load energy source, new discoveries in the gas sector are stimulating sector growth and infrastructure development, paving the way for the emergence of new players such as Senegal and Mauritania.

With African countries, both importing and exporting gas, the development of regional projects is set to benefit both gas producing and non-producing countries by supporting industrial and economic development.

Uganda Targets Geothermal Development Of Up To 100 Mw By 2025

Earlier this month during a mining conference, the Ugandan government highlighted the status and ambition for geothermal energy development.

But despite the considered geothermal potential, challenges remain in the development and utilisation of the resources. Now the government shows its ambition to develop up to 100 MW in geothermal power generation capacity in the country, as reported by Afrik21. The geothermal resource potential is estimated at 1,500 MW. 

With its ongoing economic growth, the country sees increasing energy demand. The Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is reporting that electricity demand has been growing on average of 8% per year.  Currently, the overall power generation capacity is at 893 MW. 

So while geothermal energy could be a key source for electricity generation and counter the over-reliance on hydropower and thermal power, the government has announced a target of at least 100 MW of geothermal power generation capacity to be developed by 2025. With private developers engaged in exploration and some drilling being carried out, this is seen as possible. 

“The government’s objective is to develop geothermal energy to complement hydropower and other energy sources to meet Uganda’s energy demand in a healthy environment,” Godfrey Bahati, of the Department of Geothermal Resources, recently told the Geological Survey and Mines Directorate at the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The country has identified 24 geothermal sites in the regions of Kibiro, Panyimur, Buranga and Katwe; all in the east of the country.

These areas have already seen some surface explorations and several private developers are in line for development on specific sites. Gids Consult Ltd, has a geothermal license in Buranga and plans the development of up to 100 MW, with a development cost estimated at $42 million (which likely refers to a smaller scale initial development only). 

Moto Geothermal Projekt Limited has secured a 28.1 km2 geothermal license in Ihimbo in Rukungiri District. The company plans to develop a 20 MW project having already secured support from Asigma Energy Fund, the energy wing of Asigma Capital, a Ugandan investment fund. 

Bantu Energy Limited holds a geothermal licence in the Panyigoro area. The Ugandan subsidiary of the Canadian company Bantu Energy Inc. is already active in the country’s oil and gas sector. 

Uganda is one of the East African countries with strong geothermal potential. The real challenge is obviously in exploitation, but the government is now showing its ambition which is to produce 100 MW of the renewable energy by 2025.

Thanks to the great Rift Valley in East Africa, several countries in the region have enormous geothermal potential, often untapped. This is the case in Uganda, which is in great need of energy to support economic growth and keep industries running.

According to the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, electricity needs are growing by an average of 8% each year. The country’s production capacity is currently capped at 893 MW, while, according to the same source, Uganda has a geothermal potential of 1,500 MW…

Its massive exploitation could double the country’s installed capacity and diversify the energy mix, which currently reveals an over-reliance on hydroelectricity and thermal power plants.

However, the Ugandan government has not yet reached that point. It has set a target of at least 100 MW of production by 2025 and could succeed since several private producers are already carrying out drilling in several regions.

Several private producers in the race

“The government’s objective is to develop geothermal energy to complement hydropower and other energy sources to meet Uganda’s energy demand in a healthy environment,” Godfrey Bahati, of the Department of Geothermal Resources, recently told the Geological Survey and Mines Directorate at the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The government actually takes the issue very seriously as 24 geothermal sites have already been identified.

They are located in the regions of Kibiro, Panyimur, Buranga and Katwe; all in the east of the country. These territories have already been the subject of surface exploration. Several private producers of geothermal energy are already positioning themselves on certain sites.

Like Gids Consult Ltd, which is already very involved in environmental protection issues in Kenya and is licensed in the Buranga production area. The company plans to build a 100 MW geothermal power plant on the site. The cost of the project is estimated at $42 million.

Moto Geothermal Projekt Limited has also obtained a license to use geothermal energy at the 28.1 km2 Ihimbo site in Rukungiri District. The company would like to build a power plant with a capacity of 20 MW and has already received support from Asigma Energy Fund, the energy wing of Asigma Capital, a Ugandan investment fund.

Bantu Energy Limited holds a licence in the Panyigoro area. The Ugandan subsidiary of the Canadian company Bantu Energy Inc. is already active in the country’s oil and gas sector.

Egypt Turns To Renewable Energy To Meet Electricity Needs

Egypt has the potential to generate up to 53 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The Renewable Energy Outlook: Egypt report, released at a high-level conference in Cairo today in the presence of Egyptian government officials and regional decision makers, finds that pursuing higher shares of renewable energy could reduce the country's energy bill by up to USD 900 million annually in 2030.

Renewables could cost-effectively provide up to a quarter of Egypt's total final energy supply in 2030, per the analysis. Achieving the higher targets would, however, require investment in renewables to grow from USD 2.5 billion per year based on today's policies to USD 6.5 billion per year.

Under current plans, Egypt aims to source 20 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2022, rising to 42 per cent by 2035. Total installed capacity of renewables in the country today amounts to 3.7 gigawatts (GW).

"This analysis offers the Egyptian energy sector a roadmap, building on current ambitions and plans, to enhance our position as an energy hub connecting Europe, Asia and Africa," said H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy.

"Job creation, economic development and the growth of local manufacturing capabilities are at the heart of our renewables programme, and with the support of IRENA we can pursue our plans to grow the country's installed capacity base through smart policies, and the latest renewable technologies."

Egypt can draw on an abundance of renewable energy resources to achieve higher shares of hydropower, wind, solar and biomass. To capitalise on this, the report suggests that national policy makers may benefit from periodically re-evaluating the long-term energy strategy to reflect rapid advances in renewable energy technology and falling renewable power generation costs.

"Remarkable cost reductions in renewable energy in recent years are encouraging governments all over the world to rethink energy strategies so as to better reflect the new economics of renewables," said Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General.

"Egypt's renewable energy potential is vast and the Government has now moved decisively to accelerate its deployment. The Benban solar complex with its impressive scale reflects this new momentum."

"Building on these achievements, Egypt has the opportunity to further raise its ambition which entails substantially increased investments," continued Mr. Amin. "Attracting these investments requires stable policy frameworks and a streamlined regulatory environment that provides clarity and certainty for investors. Investments in renewable energy not only help to meet rising energy demand but they can also contribute to fostering economic growth, creating employment and developing local manufacturing."




The report was prepared by IRENA in close collaboration with Egypt's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and the New and Renewable Energy Authority.

Karuma Hydro Power Project Completion Extended By One

The completion date for the highly awaited 600MW Karuma Hydro Power Project has been extended by one year. The contractor Sinohydro Corporation Limited has cited challenges such as land acquisition, delayed construction of transmission lines that has led to delays in the project. In the past the project also faced problems of cracks and shoddy works.

President Yoweri Museveni recently visited the project as announcements were made to signal the extension of completion deadlines. The project is located on the Nile River in Kyandongo District in mid-northern Uganda, 110km downstream of Lake Kyoga, and 270km from Kampala the Capital of Uganda..

The overall physical progress of works as of July 2018 stood at 80%. This translates into 67.3% for civil works. The $1.7b project cost is met by government of Uganda (15%) and EXIM Bank of China soft loan (85%). The project is expected to generate increased power for industrial, domestic use and for exports to the region.

The president toured the underground tunnels, the concrete dam, underground powerhouse, transformer, surge chamber of the project and addressed the workers, contractors and local leaders of the area. During the address the president commended the contractor for the good progress of the work.

He explained that he came to see the power house and dam structure before they were submerged by power as the project enters into its completion phase. On 12th August 2013 construction works was launched by Museveni and 16th December, 2013 was the project commencement date with a duration targeted at 60 months (five years).

He noted that he would return for the final commissioning of the project next year where celebrations are expected.

The president said the project was expected to generate 200MW by the end of this year, when two turbine units become operational.

The president asked the leaders of Kiryandango district to provide one square of mile of land for the construction of an industrial park. He said the park will have factories for food processing, juice making and other industries and will use the power stepped down from Karuma as it would be produced at high voltages.

He said power will be available to the local people and it should be used for productive activities. He urged Ugandans to use the power to do big business advising that big towns should start doing big business employing many people.

The president directed the ministry of education and sports to provide vocational skills to the youth of the project area using the technical school at Kiryandongo.

The president recalled that earlier developers had planned to build Karuma to generate 200MW which he rejected. He explained that the contract was given to Sinohydro Corporation, a big company that could handle the magnitude of the project.

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Zheng Zhuqiang expressed with gratitude that the project was a good example of China Uganda economic cooperation.

Mr. Zhuqiang said that by 2017 $150m (sh570b) has been spent on local content materials such as cement steel, wood, vehicles.

He said when the project was complete it would produce $200m (sh760b) in revenues annually equivalent to 1% of Uganda’s GDP. “Power is a bottleneck for the development in Africa. China is helping address this bottleneck,” he said. He noted that the Karuma project has created over 6,000 jobs.

The ambassador added that the Chinese Government was supporting the construction of Isimba Dam, Entebbe Airport Expansion and the Kampala to Entebbe Expressway and the construction of several industrial parks which will create over 30,000 jobs.

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Eng. Irene Muloni explained that the construction of the power plant is in progress with 80% completion achieved while the transmission lines are at 42%.

Eng. Muloni said the construction of transmission lines delayed because of the challenges of land acquisition where only 70% of the required project land has been acquired to date. The minister noted that the ministry of finance has provided all the funds needed to carry out the Resettlement Action Plan.

She noted that because of the delay to acquire land for the transmission lines, the contractor has asked to revise the completion date of the project from December 2018 to December 2019.

“The contractor has indicated that the first two units of 100mw each will be commissioned by December 2018 while the last unit will be commissioned in July 2019. Full commissioning and commercial operations date is dependent on the earliest completion of the Karuma Interconnection Project expected by December 2019,” Muloni said.

She said the ministry together with the implementing agencies are to implement the Community Development Action Plan whose main objective is to address pressure on local social infrastructure, social services, livelihoods and natural resources. The three districts to benefit from the plan are Oyam, Nwoya and Kiryandongo districts.

Eng. Muloni disclosed that the contractor has agreed to donate two hospitals, a civilian one in Oyam district and a military one in Masindi district.

The contractor will donate one primary school in the project area, set up a study fund for orphans and hand over the contractors camps and offices to Government.

“The sites for the construction of the aforementioned facilities were identified and the EPC Contractor is to commence with construction works at the identified sites,” Eng. Muloni explained.

Mr. Joseph Oryem, LCI Chairperson Karuma Cell welcomed the positive impact of the project on Karuma Town Council. Oryem highlighted that there was good cooperation between Sinohydro Corporation and the community in garbage management, the contractor has constructed two boreholes for the community, they have built a new market for the community.

Mr. Oryem said other support provided by contractor included creation of jobs for the youth and opening up access roads especially Karuma Primary School access road. He called for the improved welfare of employees working at the project.

On key features of the project; on civil works of the dam the concreting works in all the dam blocks are completed except few blocks in the stilling basin with percent complete ticked at 100 %. On the surge chamber concreting is going on left and right surge chambers percent completed 75 %, power house work (69.4 %), lowering of turbine shaft and runner in unit 2, 3 completed.

On the power intake the installation of emergency gates for all the six units completed. Installation of gantry crane for maintenance gate in progress. The removal of bracings and painting for penstock is in progress.

Small Island States, IRENA To Take Energy Transformation To Next Level

Leaders of small island developing states (SIDS) and development partners met on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly to launch the SIDS Lighthouses 2.0, an initiative that seeks to accelerate energy transformation in SIDS, strengthen climate resilience and contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

SIDS which are among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and often heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels for their energy needs.

The SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI) was launched at the 2014 UN Climate Summit to support SIDS in scaling up renewable energy through partnerships between public institutions, the private sector, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the LHI has supported a rapid growth of renewable energy among the 36 SIDS members of the initiative, where more than 250 MW of solar photovoltaic and over 50 MW of wind energy came online between 2014 and 2017, and more than USD 500 million in renewable energy investment mobilised.

“Small island developing states are on the frontlines of climate change, and they are also at the forefront of global energy transformation. SIDS governments have demonstrated tremendous leadership in harnessing their renewable energy potential, and the LHI was created to help them reap the benefits of a renewable energy transformation,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General.

“The SIDS LHI achieved its 2020 targets three years ahead of schedule, creating a tremendous momentum for the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 to now take even further.”

“Global temperatures continue to rise, and hurricanes and drought continue to threaten our livelihoods. It is for this reason why we remain committed to the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 and tackling climate change through rapid deployment of resilient renewable energy,” said the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

The official launch of the LHI 2.0 is a unique occasion to reaffirm, at the highest level, the commitment of SIDS and development partners. The roundtable will discuss the proposed priority areas for the LHI 2.0 developed in consultations with key stakeholders.

They include support for revising and implementing NDCs, facilitating access to finance, strengthening capacities, reinforcing the nexus between renewables and other sectors and expanding the focus of the initiative beyond the power sector to end-use sectors such as transportation.

The SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 High-Level Roundtable is taking place on 28 September 2018 from 13:15–14.30 in the ECOSOC Chamber – United Nations in New York.


South Africa: Eskom To Expand $218m Transmission Network

The African Development Bank has approved a ZAR 2.886 billion (US$217.9 million ) loan to South Africa's power utility Eskom Holdings Ltd, towards the upgrade and expansion of its transmission facilities. The entity is crucial to power supply within the sub-region.

The funding supports the Eskom Transmission Improvement Project (ETIP), which will see the construction of 555km of 400kV transmission lines in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga province and the upgrading of substation equipment and improvement of various substation earth mats in Mpumalanga.

The transmission lines will provide additional power evacuation paths for new generation capacity, ensure availability of power for future load growth, enable the reduction of network losses and ensure safety of personnel and assets during network operations to ensure compliance to the Grid Code.

The Bank's intervention will enable the provision of additional power evacuation paths to the network from the Kusile, Majuba, Drakensburg and Ingula power stations. It will also benefit the utility's corporate restructuring and governance program.

The ETIP aligns with the Government of South Africa's National Development Plan 2030, geared toward financing infrastructure to support the country's medium- and long-term economic and social objectives. ETIP was identified in the Bank's South Africa Country Strategy Paper ((CSP) 2018–2022) and is consistent with its pillars of promoting industrialization and deepening regional integration. The project is also consistent with the Bank's ten-year strategy 2013–2022.

The loan, which was approved by the Bank's board on Tuesday 25 September, includes an additional co-financing of US$25 million from the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF). The Bank's contribution, covered by a South African Government guarantee, will finance up to77 percent of the critical project. Eskom will provide 15 percent. These investments will enhance regional energy trade, end-user energy access for industrial development, and address the potential addition of 130 million on-grid connections by 2025.

Eskom operates South Africa's national grid, which comprises 157 transmission substations and approximately 31,107km of transmission lines and 160 distribution substations, totaling 139,610MVA of installed transformer capacity. The utility contributes approximately 77 percent of the total installed power capacity in the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) and makes up approximately 80 percent of the regional power demand.

Efficient power trade within the SAPP is hampered by system losses and weakening of the transmission capacity. Access to electricity in all SAPP member states (excluding South Africa), remains below 45 percent and is as low as 10 percent in Malawi. Eskom trades within the SAPP, selling electricity to, and buying from, member countries. 

IRENA Conference To Showcase Centrality Of Off-Grid Renewables To Energy Development

The central role of off-grid renewable energy in achieving universal energy access and sustainable development will be under the spotlight during the fourth edition of the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC).

Registrations are now open for the two-day conference, organised in cooperation with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), that will take place on October 31 – November 1, during the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW). IOREC is co-located with the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES).  

Dramatic cost reductions and technology improvements now make renewable technologies the most economic and reliable option for off-grid electrification. An estimated 133 million people are already benefiting from such decentralised energy solutions – with millions more potentially gaining energy access – further driving job creation and economic growth for people in rural communities across the world. 

IRENA will gather global policy makers, civil society and private sector leaders in Singapore at the IOREC to accelerate the adoption of the off-grid renewable energy solutions proving to be key to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

“Off-grid renewable energy systems have transformed our ability to deliver secure, affordable electricity to rural communities all over the world, and are playing a vital role in breaking a cycle of energy poverty that has held back socioeconomic progress for hundreds of millions of people,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency. 

“IOREC will showcase the extent to which flexible, renewables-based energy solutions have become a catalyst for entrepreneurship, job creation, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and improved healthcare across the world, and thus decisively contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” concluded Mr. Amin. 

While there is tremendous momentum in the deployment of off-grid renewables, more than one billion people still live without electricity access today. Attendees will discuss best practice off-grid policies and regulations, together with innovations in technology, financing and delivery models for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. IRENA will also present updates to its analysis on mini-grid renewable energy policies as well as on technology innovation. 

IOREC will take place alongside other high-level discussions during SIEW including the Association of South East Asian Nations Energy (ASEAN) Ministers Meeting, chaired by Singapore. 

IOREC will be followed by the First International Conference on Renewable Energy for Healthcare, organised by IRENA on November 2. The one-day conference will bring together representatives from across the energy and healthcare fields to forge partnerships and co-develop pathways to improve the provision of electricity to health centers through decentralised renewable energy. 

It is estimated that one billion people are served by health facilities without electricity. Concerted action from both health and energy sector stakeholders is needed to address the issue. The conference will facilitate discussions on developing synergies at the policy and strategic levels, addressing financing challenges, examining the most suitable energy delivery models and exploring the opportunities created by improved energy access for modernising rural healthcare in low-income areas.

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