Develop a cohort of trainees who have the necessary skills and knowledge
Access to energy is a key factor for social and economic development, and Nigeria is striving to provide electricity access to millions of its population who currently lack a reliable power supply. Decentralised renewable energy (DRE) systems, such as solar home systems and mini grids, are crucial for achieving these goals as they offer a reliable and affordable source of electricity for people in remote and underserved areas.
Currently, DRE projects tend to focus on techno-economic aspects and compartmentalise the role of communities to the customary processes of community entry and revenue collection. Although the people-centred dimensions of mini-grid projects have been gaining traction recently, this aspect is still absent from many DRE projects – or is only an afterthought.
This project aims to develop the capacity of energy professionals to adopt people-centered and holistic approaches to DRE projects and programmes in order to:
- Improve the social impact of DRE projects (e.g., on education, health and livelihoods)
- Avoid replicating, reinforcing or increasing pre-existing social inequalities in project communities
- Improve the sustainability of DRE projects by increasing long-term community governance of such projects
- Improve the rate of local initiation of DRE projects