THEnergy workshops

Workshop “Introduction to Rural Electrification"

For several years, we have seen significant investments into PAY-AS-YOU-GO (PAYG) solar-home systems players. Now, the minigrid sectors seems to follow. New investments from companies such as Shell, Engie, Mitsui, Total, All On, and Caterpillar this segment experience much attention by the international community.
How do minigrids work? How do they compare to PAYG solar-home systems? What about grid extensions? How is regulation influencing potential investments? Which are the main mini-grid developers? Which technology trends can be observed?


The workshop targets potential investors, political decision makers, and suppliers! It typically lasts 4-6 hours. 


Interested? Please contact us for commercial details and a tailor-made agenda!

Workshop “Market entry: Remote microgrids”

The workshop lays the commercial foundations of remote microgrids – mainly solar-diesel and wind-diesel hybrid power plants. It covers the technical basics that are needed for evaluating the business case. It also covers numerous case studies in different market segments. Different players along the value chain are discussed and key success factors are identified. The workshop has been conducted more than 25 times so far and the participants have been highly satisfied with the amount of information they have received. Normally, the workshop is very interactive.


It typically lasts between 3 and 5 hours. In a very condensed form you will receive market information that elsewise would take you weeks to gather. It will also help you with the decision of whether it makes sense for your particular organization to enter the hybrid market segment. So even if you are not active in remote minigrids yet, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss an agenda that is tailor-made for your needs.

Workshop “Successful PPAs for Solar-Diesel Hybrid Microgrids”

The workshop covers various commercial aspects of PPA negotiations for hybrid microgrids. It typically is arranged for the employees of our clients who deal with PPA negotiations. The workshop is tailor-made for the specific challenges of hybrid projects. As hybrid projects are more complex than normal grid-connected PPAs it might also make sense to train decision-makers involved that instead work on standard PPAs – practicing a highly sophisticated case also prepares for simple PPA negotiations. The workshop also describes different strategies of negotiation. It typically contains a role play about negotiating a fictitious solar-diesel hybrid business case with an industrial off-taker. It is aimed at both sides, renewable energy developers as well as commercial and industrial off-takers. The workshop can be adapted to the needs of our clients and normally lasts between 4 - 7 hours.


Curious? Please contact us for commercial details and a tailor-made agenda!

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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – July / August 2018 by THEnergy

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” is mainly about projects in rural electrification. It covers projects in Australia, Gabon, Alaska, Great Britain, and Ethiopia.  The new edition features Aggreko, Younicos, Gold Fields, ENGIE, Ausar Energy, SAFT, Moixa Energy, Hitachi, and General Electric.

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