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Way Forward for Renewable Energy Programme 2 and 3

Participants of the Renewable Energy Programme 2 and 3, together with LIFE staff and mentors, met in Cape Town, South Africa on November 28 – December 1 for the final phase of the programme – Way Forward. This included an Energy Conference, a study visit, presentations and workshops and an opportunity for networking between the programmes.

Participants, LIFE staff and mentors outside Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Cape Town.

The Way Forward Included

External Presentations:

  • Balancing the Electricity System and Grid Considerations by Ronald Marais, Senior Strategic Grid Planning Manager at ESKOM, Transmission, Grid Planning
  • Microgrids and the Opportunities they Present in the ”Just Energy Transition” by Nick Singh, Head of Smart Grids Centre of Excellence and Microgrids Programme Director, Power Delivery and Utilisation, Eskom Research Testing and Development
  • Technology and Financing Models for Clean Cooking by Rehema Mbalamwezi, Country Director, UpEnergy
  • Initiatives to Increase Uptake of Energy Efficiency Appliances in EAC and SADC Regions by Readlay Makaliki, Lead Technical Expert, SACREEE
  • Renewable Energy  Production and Capacity Study by Riaan Smit, LIFE Academy Alumni
  • Alternative Service Delivery Projects by Reshmi Joseph Wolvers, Programme Manager: Energy & Climate Finance at Green Cape

Workshops and Panel Discussion:

  • A Renewable Energy Super Grid for Sub-Saharan Africa lead by Marko Nel, Master Student in Industrial Engineering and Karin Kritzinger, Senior Researcher
  • Way Forward Workshop: How the participants can use the acquired abilities to drive change in their organisations and their country to contribute to a more sustainable energy system lead by Kristina Landfors and Therese Rosenblad at LIFE Academy
  • Panel Discussion on Clean Cooking lead by mentor Matthew Matimbwi

Energy Conference of Change Projects

The participants presented the results of their Change Projects in an Energy Conference lead by Kristina Landfors at LIFE Academy. The Energy Conference was divided in the three different focus areas: Policy, Clean Cooking and Energy Efficiency and Actions for Renewable Energy. See the Change Projects listed below:

  • Development of Roadmap for the Implementation Strategy for the National Renewable Energy for the Period 2022-2027, Tanzania Country Team, REP 2
  • Development of Viable Financing Mechanisms and Suitable Business. Models for Renewable Energy Projects in Mozambique, Mozambique Country Team, REP 2
  • Low Adoption of Renewable Energy Products in Rural Areas (focus on local government), Zimbabwe Country Team, REP 2
  • Establishment of a Framework for a Repository for Data and Information on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Kenya Country Team, REP 3
  • Reduction of High-end User Tariffs for Mini-grid Sub-Sector, Rwanda Country Team, REP 3
  • Development of Guidelines for Efficient Utilization of Biomass, Kenya Country Team, REP 2
  • Develop Appropriate Improved Cook Stove for Two Emerging Regions (Benishangule-Gumuz and Somali Regions), Ethiopia Country Team, REP 3
  • Improving Awareness for Electricity Cooking for Adoption of Renewable Energy in Uganda, Uganda Country Team, REP 3
  • Enhancement of Energy Efficiency in Zambia’s Households, Zambia Country Team, REP 2
  • Solar Powered Commercial Irrigation Scheme: Productive Use of Renewable Energy, Zimbabwe Country Team, REP 3
  • Operation and Maintenance of Solar PV Systems to Ensure Sustainability of Isolated Solar PV Systems in Health Centers in Tanzania, Tanzania Country Team, REP 3


LIFE staff and mentors introducing Way Forward.
Participants in the conference hall.
Prosie from Uganda asking a question to a presenting team.
Happy participants waiting for the ferry to our study visit at Robben Island.
Study visit: Looking at solar panels on Robben Island.
Prison Tour on Robben Island.
LIFE mentor Ana-Karin Municio and Sara Jansson from LIFE Academy at Robben Island.
Zibusiso (Z in short) from Zimbabwe at Robben Island.
Margarida and Rosa from Mozambique at Robben Island.
Mentor Matthew Matimbwi and Rosa from Mozambique in the conference hall.
Team Uganda presenting their Change Project during the Energy Conference.
Joyce from Tanzania asking a question to presenting team.
Participants working together in the conference hall.
Solomon from Ethiopia, Esther from Uganda and Joseph from Kenya during panel discussion lead by mentor Matthew Matimbwi.
Esther from Uganda and Joseph from Kenya during panel discussion.
Sergio from Mozambique presenting group work during Way Forward workshop.
Tafadzwa from Zimbabwe presenting group work during Way Forward workshop.
Diploma Ceremony!
Team Kenya (REP 2) and Therese Rosenblad from LIFE Academy after Diploma Ceremony.