Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) previously Energy Regulatory Commission(ERC) in conjunction with the Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa (AEPEA) held a two-day seminar on Energy Efficiency and Solar Photovoltaic at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi. The workshop is among the many collaboration the two parties will be doing.

More than 150+ energy practitioners attended the seminar. The Director-General, EPRA, gave a welcoming address and spoke about EPRA commitment to promoting Energy Efficiency and a call for partnership in the implementation of the Energy Act 2019.

Day 1 Highlights: Energy Efficiency

Day 1 focus was on Energy Efficiency. The speakers shared with the attendees their industry expertise in energy auditing protocols standards and procedures.

Topics discussed included:

  • Audit on cold rooms by Mr. Joseph NjugunaEnergy Advisory.
  • Power Quality and Energy Savings by Dr. Keren KaberereSustainable Energy Initiative.
  • Compressed Air Systems by Eng. Patrick KimariHesco Consulting Agencies.
  • Boilers and Steam systems by Eng. Lawrence MagerereEMS consultants Limited.
  • Energy Audit report writing by Mr. Ahmed Ali SayyidAltair Systems Limited.

Day 2 Highlights: Solar Photovoltaic

Day 2 topics included:

DESIGN, INSTALLATION AND FINANCING OF EMBEDDED GENERATION SYSTEMS

  • Design, installation and commissioning reports for embedded PV systems by Mr. Francis Romano and TeamKnights and Apps.
  • Financial Evaluation of Energy Projects by Harness MukhongoGreenWise Limited.

SOLAR MINI-GRIDS AND PUMPING SYSTEMS

  • Design and Installation of mini-grid systems by Mr. Evans MagembeSimply Branded Limited.
  • Solar water pumping by Mr. Paul AsikiyoRafiki Solar Limited.
EPRA-AEPEA program

Emerging Issues

Some of the notable emerging issues arising from the two day seminar were:

  • There is considerable interest in the energy sector given the number of attendees with some having to be turned down due to overbooking.
  • Need for partnership with various partners in the implementation of the new Energy Act 2019.
  • Energy practitioners support in the ongoing assessment of the review of Energy Management regulations 2012.
  • Call for action for women empowerment to join the energy space.
  • Employment shift from full time to consultants and freelancers.
  • There is a need for continued professionalism from engineers in project implementation.
  • Renewable energy is an important energy source for our economy.
  • Address the quality of Solar PV equipment in the market.

Opportunities

As always, no event is a success without some critical opportunities for all to think about and act.

  • Partnerships with government, EPRA, AEPEA in sustainable energy development.
  • Professional certifications such as Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Renewable Energy Professional (REP) offered by AEPEA.
  • Employment opportunities as Energy Managers with the new Energy Act 2019.
  • Opportunities for Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP) & Energy Service Companies (ESCO).
  • Mini-grids development with upcoming 120 mini-grids.

Watch out for our review of the new Energy Act 2019 highlighting the changes from Energy Act 2006 and the opportunities that are there for all of us.

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