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Strathmore University continues to make footprints in propelling clean energy in Africa

Brima Kamara( Deeqa Construction and Water LTD, Somalia during the recently concluded Tier 3 Hybrid Training

Strathmore Energy Research Center (SERC) held its second T3 Hybrid Training for the year 2019 from 7th to 11th October. The training provided participants with comprehensive technical knowledge on hybrid PV systems including design, installation, and commissioning. This involves a 5-day intensive classroom taught and practical training on our proprietary 15kWp hybrid diesel and fuel saver system. The training attracted participants from both academia and private sector from the larger East Africa region and was conducted by a team of well-experienced trainers who have vast solar industry experience.

“My main reason for attending the training is to be able to design, install, operate and maintain a hybrid system. I also seek to get my T3 license from the Energy and Petroleum Authority (EPRA) and being a trainer, I want to improve my training profile” says Jacinta Gatwiri from Women in Sustainable Energy and entrepreneurship (WISEe).

Building capacity on solar technologies enhances practical skills that are relevant in installing more solar plants in the off-grid areas. As such, there is a direct link between access to clean energy and the development of these areas. Strathmore Energy Research Center, therefore, acts as a catalyst for development by building necessary skills in sustainable energy in Sub Saharan Africa.

“The training has been very interesting and centers on sizing and integrating hybrid systems which includes diesel generator or battery storage in areas with unstable grids. Energy is at the heart of the Big 4 Agenda and being able to develop systems in various parts of the country in one way or another contributes to the development of Food Security, Affordable Housing, Manufacturing and Health Care” says Kathy Kiema from Astonfield.

Upon successful completion of the course, the training participants can apply for a T3 License from the Energy and Petroleum Authority (EPRA) to become certified Solar Photovoltaic Technicians.

Visit us on serc@strathmore.edu for this and more trainings.

 

This article was written by Maureen Achieng.

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