Kenya hosts Off-Grid Renewables Electricity Conference

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3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference opens in Nairobi to drive off-grid deployment worldwide

More than 500 participants gathered in Nairobi today for the opening of the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC).

Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the conference aims to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables.

Today, roughly 15 per cent of the world's population lives without electricity, but off-grid solutions can provide an estimated 60 per cent of the additional generation needed to achieve universal access.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Director-General Adnan Z. Amin said access to electricity is a central building block for socio-economic development and that it empowers communities to increase income and productivity, gain access to healthcare and education, enhance water and food security, and improve general well-being. 

 "Thankfully, a confluence of factors including cost declines and technology innovations, are making it more possible than ever to achieve universal electricity access through off-grid renewables." Said Adnan Z. Amin.

Kenya Ministry of Energy and Petroleum cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter detailed the many examples of standalone and mini-grid renewable energy systems in place and under development throughout the country.

 "Kenya is committed to ensuring universal access to energy by 2020. This will be achieved through exploitation of the locally available energy sources including off-grid solutions," said Charles Keter.

Keter said his country welcomes private sector players both locally and internationally to invest in the country's energy sector.
To further support the proliferation of off-grid renewables, three new reports will be released during the event.

A report titled "Policies and Regulations for Private Sector Renewable Energy Mini-grid" says governments must play a key role in creating policy environments where off-grid renewables can thrive.
It provides policy makers with the information they need to design and implement tailored policies and regulations to support off-grid development.

Using recent case studies as reference points, the report analyses general and technology-specific policy and regulatory measures, and addresses licensing, tariff regulation, main-grid arrival risk and access to finance for mini-grids.

Also to be launched is an "Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids" report providing a detailed overview of the latest in mini-grid technology and the ongoing innovations transforming the sector.
International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC 2016) will focuses on four overarching themes: stand-alone systems for rapid expansion of electricity access; technology innovation to unlock new opportunities; mini-grid development to meet growing demand; and socio-economic benefits of off-grid renewable energy system deployment.