Aussie off-grid technologies bound for Africa

By Sustainability Matters Staff
Monday, 08 May, 2017

Decision-makers from African countries and Australia will be converging at the fifth edition of Africa Australia Technology + Infrastructure Conference (AATIC), to be held at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia (CCI) from 4–5 September. Australian off-grid renewable energy experts and entrepreneurs will get a rare opportunity to learn about rapidly developing export markets in African countries, where off-grid renewable energy markets have been growing in the race to bridge the gap for over 620 million people who do not have access to electricity.

Over the years, many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have grappled with the huge financial commitments needed to build power plants and reliable transmission lines to bring generated electricity to a growing population. The funding challenges have now compelled countries endowed with huge renewable energy resources to focus more on off-grid renewables to ensure sustainable power supply and utilise more affordable sources of energy. Today in Africa, off-grid renewable energy sources are increasingly becoming more popular as the quicker option towards attaining predictable power supply for millions of Africans.

The current trend presents opportunities for Australian major and start-up companies to export their electricity solutions to high-demand markets in African countries. The business opportunities across markets in Africa include direct sale of branded pico-solar products, pay-as-you-go solar systems and off-grid power supply to remote areas, industrial clusters, universities, gated-residential estates, hospitals, banks and telecoms among others. The two-day Australia Technology + Infrastructure Conference will therefore provide a chance for Australians to showcase their solutions, connect with African decision-makers and enter these high-demand electricity markets.

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