Past & Upcoming Events

Date and Time: Friday, 16 February 2024 - 09:00 to 16:30 (Registration 8:30)

Place: Holiday Inn Guildford, Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom, GU2 7XZ / Online

Registration is now closed. To join the online components of the event, please use the Teams link.

The SIGMA Project consortium is hosting a final dissemination event covering the research that SIGMA has been engaging in over the past three years into decentralised energy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in the project’s partner countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal. 

Join us in Guildford or online and hear firsthand from the SIGMA project’s partner teams regarding the results of the research collaboration, including issues critical to the success of energy access and sustainable energy for all in remote/rural Sub-Saharan Africa.


08:30 – 09:00     Arrival and registration

09:00 – 09:15     Opening Plenary: Introduction to the Sustainability, Inclusiveness & Governance of Mini-Grids in Africa Project from Prof. Subhes Bhattacharyya, University of Surrey

09:15 – 09:45     Results Overview: Mini-Grids in Nigeria from Dr Temilade Sesan, University of Ibadan

09:45 – 10:15     Results Overview: Mini-Grids in Senegal from Dr Lucy Baker, Open University

10:15 – 10:30     Tea and Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00     Results Overview: Mini-Grids in Tanzania from Eng. Maneno Katyega, TaTEDO

11:00 – 11:30     Results Overview: Mini-Grids in Kenya from Dr. Elsie Onsongo, IFCI

11:30 – 12:00     Panel Discussion: SIGMA Outcomes and Mini-Grid Sustainability from SIGMA Team

12:00 – 13:15     Lunch

13:15 – 13:45     Guest Presentation: Energy Democracy and the Politics of Energy Transition in African Countries from Dr Xavier Lemaire, UCL Energy Institute

13:45 – 14:15     Guest Presentation: Sustainability of Solar Mini-Grids in Kenya and Senegal from Emilie Etienne, University of Grenoble

14:15 – 14:30     Tea and Coffee Break

14:30 – 15:45     Breakout Sessions: 

     1. Productive Uses of Energy for Mini-Grids & Enhancing the Mini-Grid Value Chain

     2. Inclusivity & Leaving No-One Behind: Approaches for Bottom-of-Pyramid Users

     3. Beyond Mini-Grids: Micro-Scale Systems or Regional Integration?

15:45 – 16:00     Closing Plenary: Summary of Findings and Next Steps from Prof. Subhes Bhattacharyya, University of Surrey

16:00 – 16:30     Thanks & Networking

Past Events

SIGMA Project Webinar - 31st March 2023, Online

The SIGMA project will be hosting a whole-team webinar on the 31st March 2023, from 9 AM - 12 PM (GMT). This webinar will discuss our current outputs from the project, as well as our ongoing research activities on the sustainability, inclusiveness and governance of mini-grids in Africa. Presenters from ICEED Nigeria, TaTEDO in Tanzania and the CFIA in Kenya will discuss the latest research on the project.

Contact for joining instructions.

TaTEDO Webinar for SIGMA Project - 2nd February 2023, Online

The team from the TaTEDO Centre for Sustainable Energy Services are hosting a webinar on the 2nd February 2023. This event will run from 11 AM to 1 PM EAT, and will present themes from the SIGMA project, an overview of the status of minigrids in Tanzania, and findings from our team on tariffs for minigrid services and the minigrid regulatory framework in Tanzania.

Contact or for joining instructions.

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15th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum - 13-15 Sep 2022, London, United Kingdom

The 15th edition of the Microgrid Global Innovation Forum, 13-15 September 2022 in London, focuses on microgrid advances, case studies and applications in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Organised by the Smart Grid Observer, the event draws hundreds of industry professionals from around the world interested in maximising the effective use of renewable and distributed energy resources, refining the positive business model for microgrid deployments, and sharing real-world case studies in both grid-tied and off-grid/remote environments.

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Energy Transition Asia-Pacific 2022 - 30th Nov - 1st Dec 2022, Online

Delivering a sustainable energy system for the future will require collaboration and action from across the energy, business, and government ecosystems. Asia’s impressive economic growth has created enormous opportunities and challenges: raised income and poverty reduction, but also an increase in exposure to natural disasters exacerbated by climate change. To chart the path forward, decarbonisation must be at the forefront of business and government agendas. Reuters Events: Energy Transition Asia Pacific unites leaders from public and private sectors across the Asia Pacific region to establish a net zero strategy for the decade to come.

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Off-Grid Expo & Conference 2022 - 1st-2nd Dec 2022, Augsberg, Germany

The OFF-GRID Expo + Conference  is a unique, international event for off-grid enthusiasts of self-sufficient power supply who are looking for contacts and who are hungry for knowledge. The focus is on the practical exchange of experience and know-how, which is ensured by a varied, interactive and entertaining program:

  • Trade fair
    Presentation of innovative products and solutions
  • Conference – powered by Alliance for Rural Electrification
    Presentations on topics such as the impact of Covid-19 on the off-grid sector, productive use and sector coupling, energy storage for rural electrification and small wind for demanding locations
  • OFF-GRID Action
    Matchmaking, Networking, Education Mile, OFF-GRID Charity and OFF-GRID Party
  • OFF-GRID TechDay
    Product and service trainings of leading companies on the day before the fair 

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Burundi Energy Access Day - 5th Oct 2022, Bujumbura, Burundi

ARE and the Burundi Renewable Energy Association (BUREA), with the support of GET.invest Burundi, financed by the European Union and part of GET.invest, will organise the Burundi Renewable Energy Day on 5 October 2022. The event will be held as part of the Burundi Energy Access Days organised with the World Bank on 4-5 October 2022, under the patronage of the Government of Burundi, the Ministry of Hydraulics, Energy and Mines (MHEM) and the Directorate General of Energy. 

The Burundi Renewable Energy Day on 5 October will include a session on investment opportunities and private sector pitches on innovative renewable energy projects in Burundi.

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International Energy Transition Week - Nigeria -31st Oct-4th Nov 2022, Abuja, Nigeria

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), with support from Government of Nigeria are delighted to invite you to the International Energy Transition Week Nigeria (IETW Nigeria) on 31 October – 4 November 2022 in Abuja, Nigeria. There will be three on-site events and an exhibition to showcase innovative products and services on energy provision through the entire week. The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is the industry partner of IETW Nigeria and organiser of the exhibition.

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