In the framework of the 24th Edition of the Micro - Grid Academy, the students had the opportunity of being involved in field activities and visits carried out in REs-related facilities between Kenya and Ethiopia.
The 24th MGA provided first-hand capacity building on the productive uses of energy, focussing on decentralised solutions and a wide set of technical topics (i.e: site selection, assessment of the demand, etc.). The training was carried out online on May 11th-13th and 17th-19th, and it was attended by 127 participants from 15 African countries.
As a crucial part of the learning path, some students were involved in two field visits: one was carried out on the 20th of May at St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute (Nairobi, Kenya). The second one, instead, was held between the 27th and the 28th of May at the Don Bosco - Technical and Vocational Training Center, and at the Koftu - EEU’s Mini Grid Solar Plant. Both the facilities are located in the vicinity of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
During these practical experiences, the participants showed a high degree of interest and proactivity, and were able to benefit from demonstrations and lab activities (assembling solar unites, measuring, etc.), as well as to deal with crucial topics such as operation and maintenance, billing, etc.
The activities were carried out and organised in collaboration with the MGA network : Enel Green Power, St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute, East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREEE), Enel Foundation, AVSI Foundation, Strathmore University, EWiEn : Ethiopian Women in Energy, EnGreen, Technical Solidarity ONLUS, BAE Batterien GmbH, The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).