04 Apr 2018 News Energy

UN Environment supports women on energy entrepreneurship in East Africa

Nairobi, 04 April 2018 - UN Environment Africa Office, the Renewable Energy Solutions For Africa (RES4Africa) and other partners will be conducting a Micro-Grid Training for the Africa Women Energy Entrepreneurs from the East Africa Community in Nairobi, Kenya from 4 to 13 April 2018.

Over 25 Women working as energy entrepreneurs are expected to participate in this training. Other women entrepreneurs from Europe including Italy will also participate in this training to boost south-south cooperation and share best practices.

The objective of this training is to enhance access to energy in rural communities, local enterprises and job creation. This will positively impact on health and education services, women empowerment, environmental protection and climate change mitigation.

The workshop will be held at the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) facilities in Nairobi and will use the 20 - 40kW micro-grid for hands-on training. It will support managers and engineers to plan, design, build and operate grid connected as well as hybrid mini-grids.

The workshop will be held within the framework of the implementation of the innovative environmental solutions, as recommended by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The Conference has called on countries in the region to strengthen the technical and business skills of African women entrepreneurs in the energy sector.

The workshop will be led by the Micro-Grid Academy (MGA). The academy is an Eastern-African capacity building platform that aims to enhance access to energy and green jobs market through technical and entrepreneurial training programmes. The platform focuses on decentralized renewable energy solutions.

 UN Environment will convene a one-day meeting on 10 April 2018 to share best practices on renewable energy development among trainees, instructors and representatives of partners of Microgrid Academy.

NOTE TO EDITORS

For more information, please contact:

Mohamed Atani, Regional Information Officer, UN Environment Africa Office at Tel. (+254) 20 7624235. E-mail: [email protected] 

Meseret Zemedkun, Program Manager, ARGeo Project, UN Environment, Africa Office at Tel. (+ 254) 20 7625634. E-mail: [email protected]