Implementing a Quality Assurance Framework for Microgrid Performance Monitoring in Africa: Examples, Lessons, and Opportunities
13 February 2019
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Presentation—Introduction to the webinar and panelists
Presentation—Katrina Pielli: Beyond the Grid: Overview
Presentation—Sam Booth: Overview of Performance Monitoring and NREL’s Quality Assurance Framework
Transcript—Webinar audio transcript
The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with Power Africa, Odyssey Energy, TFE Energy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), hosted this webinar on Implementing a Quality Assurance Framework for Microgrid Performance Monitoring in Africa.
Microgrids are expected to play a critical role in providing electricity access in Africa, and private investment in the microgrid sector will be needed for the sector to scale. Investment has been slow in part due to the high perceived risk related to system performance factors such as quality, safety and revenues. The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) for mini-grids was developed to help address these challenges.
NREL, Odyssey Energy and TFE Energy have all been working to implement QAF components into broader efforts to standardize performance monitoring across the microgrid sector in Africa to help the sector grow and attract investment. This webinar provided an overview of these related efforts and included an introduction by Katrina Pielli of Power Africa along with presentations from Sam Booth (NREL), Emily McAteer (Odyssey Energy) and Sam Duby (TFE Energy). The presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.