Mainstreaming Mini-Grid Tariff Settlement tools and methodologies across African Regulators (MGTS-AR)

MGTS-AR is creating an enhanced standardised mini-grid tool to streamline the tariff process for regulators and developers. It aims to close the gap between regulators and developers through a consultation process. Through the tool, both regulators and developers can build a profile of projects, which enables them to benchmark the data. The tariff settlement process will also allow for off-grid energy tariffs that are attractive to investors. Led by the African Forum for Utilities Regulations (AFUR), this project is supported by the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform.

Efficiency for Access R&D Fund

The Efficiency for Access R&D fund invests in R&D projects with the aim of accelerating the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances that are particularly suited to developing country contexts and promote social inclusion. This project is supported by the Low Energy Inclusive Appliances (LEIA) programme.

Global Distributors Collective (GDC)

The Global Distributors Collective (GDC) is a collective of over 200 last mile distribution companies, hosted by Practical Action and supported by the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform. During its current phase, GDC is testing new approaches to further enable energy access at the last mile through the following actions:
– Identifying and accelerating innovation within the last mile distributor ecosystem
– Embedding best practices within last mile distributors
– Undertaking market intelligence and research
– All underpinned by essential member engagement activities.

Growing Government Engagement in Energy Access (GGE-EA)

The Growing Government Engagement in Energy Access (GGE-EA) project, part of the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform, aims to accelerate the deployment of mini-grids in Africa, increasing the use of affordable decentralised clean energy options for poor households and enterprises. GGE-EA delivers peer-to-peer learning opportunities to build the capacity of rural electrification officials, improve understanding of challenges and opportunities for mini-grid deployment, and support the development of new bankable mini-grid projects. GGE-EA is coordinated by the African Association for Rural Electrification (CLUB-ER), in partnership with SouthSouthNorth.

TEA Learning Partnership

The Transforming Energy Access Learning Partnership (TEA-LP) is a partnership of universities committed to delivering professional graduates ready to drive the transition to sustainable energy access for all. TEA-LP provides courses for local current and future professionals in the energy access sector and aims to build on its network of 30 higher education institutions in 18 countries across Africa and the Indo-Pacific and make linkages to other energy access organisations and the private sector. It is also provides continuous professional development (CPD) courses (including a dedicated ‘Future Female Leaders in Energy’ course). TEA-LP also seeks to strengthen ‘South-South’ academic networks for energy access. This initiative is delivered under the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform by the University of Cape Town.

Future Female Leaders in Energy -part of the TEA Energy Access Talent Initiative (EATI) and TEA-LP

Future Female Leaders in Energy Programme is specifically tailored to equip young women in entry level roles in the energy access sector with the skills they need to be future senior leaders. The programme combines online courses and experiential workshops to equip participants with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to thrive in this rapidly growing sector. It is part of the Energy Access Talent Initiative (EATI) and delivered by the African Management Institute and University of Cape Town with support from the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform.

TEA Energy Access Talent Initiative (EATI)

The Energy Access Talent Initiative (EATI) aims to support the talent needs of energy access enterprises across Africa, whilst empowering local talent to pursue careers in the sector. EATI (formerly the Off-Grid Talent Initiative) develops sustainable upskilling and sourcing models to address energy access labour shortages, increase the female participation rate in the energy access supply chain, and develop the next generation of female managers, who provide the operational capacity necessary to drive energy access SME growth. EATI is delivered by Shortlist and the African Management Institute, as part of the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform.

Empowering Managers – part of the TEA Energy Access Talent Initiative (EATI)

Empowering Managers is a fully virtual pan-African programme for managers in the energy access sector, supported by the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform. This highly practical programme empowers team leaders with effective tools in key areas like supervision, project management, and team building, as well as strategies to address sector-specific challenges and manage geographically dispersed teams. The programme combines regular interactive virtual workshops, robust online learning (via its online platform and mobile app), and team-based activities, allowing participants to learn valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied to real workplace challenges, benefiting their organisation’s overall performance and impact.

Climate Compatible Growth OpenLearn Courses

Climate Compatible Growth (CCG), together with a variety of international partners and universities, has created free, open-source courses hosted online by the Open University and in collaboration with the OpTIMUS community. Each module is composed of detailed lecture slides or webpages explaining the theory behind the tools, hands-on exercises for learning how to use the tools, an assessment through quizzes, and a certificate on completion. The Climate Compatible Growth OpenLearn Collection provides all the necessary materials for anyone to learn how to use the various tools and build capacity in partner countries to address the fundamentals of planning for climate compatible growth.

Energy Modelling Platforms & Summer School

Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) supports the Energy Modelling Platform for Africa, and the Energy Modelling Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Joint Summer School on Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development. These free events provide access to skilled trainers, discussion forums and coaching in models and tools for energy planning and analysis. The models and tools are all free and open source, and the courses are available at any time via the OpenLearn platform.