Development partners to push solar energy uptake in 5 Sahel countries

14 06 2022 | 09:21Nomvuyo Tena

The African Development Bank, MASEN and RES4Africa have agreed to co-organise a solar energy training programme for five Sahel countries.

The three development partners have agreed to join forces on a dedicated solar energy training programme in 2022, to foster the uptake of solar energy in five Sahel countries.

The programme will be conducted in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger and will focus on energy professionals and policymakers from the target countries. It proposes a first stage institutional training course in June/July, followed by a vocational minigrid focused training course in September/October.

Dr Daniel Schroth, director for renewable energy and energy efficiency of the African Development Bank, announced the move during the RES4Africa Annual Conference and 10th Anniversary.

All three organisations underscored the importance of the new training programme.

“This training programme and tripartite collaboration come as a timely opportunity given the cross-cutting importance of capacity building for the Desert to Power initiative. The planned sessions are relevant to all aspects of the solar energy value chain and landscape – from utility-scale to decentralised uses. Adequate capacity building supports solar energy deployments in the Sahel region, and it will help accelerate the energy transition,” said Schroth.

Ali Zeroualihead of cooperation and international development at MASEN said: “MASEN appreciates the start of this training collaboration. In line with the objectives of the Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access to contribute to the achievement of SDG7 by 2030, Sahel countries, in particular, will capitalise on this dedicated training programme to increase their own capabilities in order to accelerate their energy transition leaving no one behind for the inclusive social and economic development.

“These organisations’ mutual experience shows the real value of capacity building on creating markets, overcoming barriers, developing skills and opportunities in the long term, and we aim to contribute to the growth of the Sahel’s solar energy future” said Roberto Vigotti Secretary-General of RES4Africa.

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