Minigrids in Africa

  • Course Program

Africa offers distinct opportunities and challenges to deploy electrical minigrids to provide reliable power to millions of people, many of whom currently have no access to any sources of electricity. This first course in this program begins with an introduction to the roles and contexts for minigrids in the African countries and the technological, economic, environmental, and sustainability issues that need to be considered to deploy minigrids successfully in African markets. The second course presents technologies and tools for design and implementation of sustainable minigrids in the African context. The third course covers strategies for operation, maintenance, and sustainability of off-grid minigrids using smart-grid technology for monitoring and control. The final course provides perspectives on the long-term role of minigrids in the Africa and their relationship to the growth of national grids.  Economic and commercial implications of grid encroachment in areas serviced by minigrids are discussed along with the relevant issues to be considered in the development of current and future energy policies and regulations.

What you will learn:

  • The context and roles for minigrids in Africa
  • Appropriate technologies for minigrids in Africa
  • Operation, maintenance, and sustainability of minigrids in Africa
  • Technologies and operational considerations for connecting to national grids
  • Regulatory and policy considerations

Courses included in this program:

Course Program Length: 4 hours

Who Should Attend: National grid engineers and managers, microgrid engineers, minigrid engineers, minigrid project managers, minigrid developers, microgrid developers, minigrid entrepreneurs,  policy and regulatory authorities


Dr. Joseph Mutale, Professor Emeritus of Sustainable Energy and Electric Power Systems, University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Henry Louie,  Professor,  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seattle University

Bruce Krogh, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Publication Year: 2023

ISBN: 978-1-7281-7844-8

Minigrids in Africa
  • Course Provider: Educational Activities
  • Course Number: EDP702CP
  • Credits: 0.4 CEU/ 4 PDH