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 Njuguna – Energy Advisory.
- Power Quality and Energy Savings by Dr. Keren Kaberere – Sustainable Energy Initiative.
- Compressed Air Systems by Eng. Patrick Kimari – Hesco Consulting Agencies.
- Boilers and Steam systems by Eng. Lawrence Magerere – EMS consultants Limited.
- Energy Audit report writing by Mr. Ahmed Ali Sayyid – Altair 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 Team – Knights and Apps.
- Financial Evaluation of Energy Projects by Harness Mukhongo – GreenWise Limited.
SOLAR MINI-GRIDS AND PUMPING SYSTEMS
- Design and Installation of mini-grid systems by Mr. Evans Magembe – Simply Branded Limited.
- Solar water pumping by Mr. Paul Asikiyo – Rafiki Solar Limited.
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.
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.