Advancing Mini-grids through Partnerships

Wednesday, May 2nd: 16:00 - 17:30 - Plenary

HOST: Mini-grids Partnership

Mini-grids are expected to play a critical role in meeting the Sustainable Energy for All goal of universal energy access by 2030, while maximizing the use of local renewable energy. However, a sustainable market and scale-up model for mini-grids has still not materialized despite their well acknowledged potential, technological innovations and cost-reductions.

This interactive session will convene representatives from industry, government and funders/financiers to discuss the latest developments and progress in the global mini-grids sector. Panelists will also update participants on how the Mini-Grids Partnership is promoting coordination and collaboration across the mini-grids sector. The Mini-Grids Partnership, originally launched at the SEforALL Forum in 2014, is a voluntary partnership of leading mini-grid stakeholders that seeks to accelerate the development and deployment of mini-grids through the exchange of information and ideas, shaping policy and markets to unlock the potential of widespread mini-grid electrification.

Steven Hunt Senior Energy and Innovation Advisor UK Department for International Development
Emily McAteer CEO and Co-Founder Odyssey Energy Solutions
Sanusi Mohammed Ohiare Executive Director Rural Electrification Fund (REF), Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria
Daniel Schroth Advisor to the Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth African Development Bank
Ruchi Soni Manager of Energy Access United Nations Foundation
Jessica Stephens Global Coordinator African Mini-Grid Developers Association