Under the webinar series’ title “Paving the way for Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy (PWCET), Green People’s Energy (GBE) in cooperation with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) are organizing ten events, with the objective to promote public discourse on the subject of “clean energy transition” with decentralised renewable energy (DRE) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The focus lies on the aspect of community participation. The intention is to find out how citizens in Africa can initiate and promote DRE projects at the local level with the aim of gaining access to energy. In this way, they also contribute to a sustainable energy transition.
The events are intended help raise awareness but also to strengthen the mutual exchange of information and knowledge between the stakeholders such as cooperatives, municipalities, civil society organisations.
If you have not had the opportunity to attend past events, please find the information about each event below. They include the event summary, the speakers’ presentation and the recording of the event.
In its sixth event under the PWCET series, ARE and Green People’s Energy (GBE) organised a discussion on ‘Carbon Financing in the Decentralised Renewable Energy Sector’ on 24 August 2022 at 14:00 – 15:30 CEST.
With only 3% of climate finance directed toward decentralised renewable energy (DRE), the discussion focused on carbon financing as an innovative mechanism complimenting the conventional funding mechanisms to power DRE projects. The webinar explored the challenges faced by the private sector in securing funds for DRE projects and how carbon finance can be used to compliment the finance mix.
The experts and companies who had tapped into carbon financing to raise capital for their DRE projects gave their insights at this webinar. The interventions were followed by a moderated panel discussion including interaction with the audience.
In its fifth event under the PWCET series, ARE and GBE are organised the launch of their new publication titled “Understanding the Clean Energy Transition with Community-Driven Decentralised Renewable Energy Projects” on 24 May 2022.
Climate change impacts have accelerated and amplified over the last decades. Extreme weather, natural disasters, economic collapses, food and water insecurity, are all symptoms of this crisis. Similarly, 759 million people currently lack access to electricity, while another 2.8 billion still suffer from unreliable electricity services. With the goals of the Paris Agreement seemingly challenging to achieve by 2030, new approaches to the clean energy transition are required.
The session featured the keynote from the representative of GBE and a guest intervention by IRENA. Followed by that, four case study contributors from the publication presented their community DRE projects from different countries.
The discussion was focused on the necessity and impact of community-driven or community-supported DRE projects to scale up clean energy penetration to countries’ energy mix and thereby achieve clean energy transition.
This publication explores the potential of community-driven decentralised renewable energy (DRE) projects to address the climate crisis, provide access to electricity and contribute to socio-economic development in communities.
The case studies featured in this publication highlight the main benefits of the community-driven DRE projects in Germany and Sub-Saharan Africa, and some of the notable barriers faced in such projects.
The fourth webinar took place in a hybrid session at the OFF-GRID Expo + Conference in Augsburg on the 2nd December 2021. This was the first time that participation could be both physical and virtual.
Electricity is an essential driver of development in rural and peri-urban communities, enabling essential services such as clean water, education and reliable health care services, and creates opportunities for developing income-generating activities. Yet, 870 million people currently lack access to safe, reliable and efficient electricity, while another 1.5 billion suffer from unreliable electricity services. As the DRE sector inevitably grows and the world moves towards universal electrification by 2030, it is of utmost importance that sustainability is embedded in all projects and that safety, efficiency and reliability become the cornerstone of rural electrification efforts. The solution to the sustainability challenge lies with the skills of the local workforce, which must be strengthened to deal with the monumental increase in decentralised electrification needs in the years to come.
The hybrid event engaged experts from the industry to outline the need for and importance of capacity building for the DRE sector and the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to elaborate on experiences of DRE companies and stakeholders with capacity building in emerging markets.
The third webinar on “Regulation & Policies to Achieve a Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy” was organised on 13th October 2021 as part of the PWCET Series.
Fuelled by decentralised renewable energy (DRE) solutions, the energy sector is evolving rapidly and undergoing a disruptive transformation. This ongoing energy transition is a central building block to a secure, environmentally-friendly, and economically successful supply of universal access to modern energy services. It is crucial that their integration is timely to achieve other interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as healthcare, livelihoods, water and education.
The webinar brought together experts from Germany, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia and Nigeria to discuss effective regulatory and policy development mechanisms and the shortcomings that are relevant for the wider rollout of DRE solutions to ensure a just and clean energy transition in their respective countries.
Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) solutions have the potential to drive green, sustainable and inclusive rural transformation, reduce poverty, and improve the livelihoods and climate resilience of rural populations as they provide access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE) can be a significant driver of economic growth and social progress in developing countries.
The webinar delved into what it takes to stimulate demand for and an uptake of PURE solutions in rural communities and will under a holistic approach address the different aspects of the PURE ecosystem. The speakers highlighted the challenges and barriers, presented examples of innovative solutions, business models and emphasised the opportunities of productive use activities to improve the livelihoods of rural communities.
The new joint initiative by ARE and GBE entitled ‘Paving the way for Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy (PWCET) Series’ was organised during the Digital Marketplace for Green Energy Transition day at the EU – Africa Business Forum (EABF) on 20 April 2021, attracting the participation of more than 200 people from EU, Africa and beyond.
The launch event of the PWCET Series managed to bring together key stakeholders to discuss DRE systems to respond to increased energy demand in Sub-Saharan Africa and power the green recovery after the pandemic, both of which are critical elements of the clean energy transition.