WEC Congress | Disruptive Business Models: Reshaping Rural Opportunities

The rise of innovative and disruptive business models for off-grid power solutions is reshaping rural development in Africa. By combining state of the art renewable technology with high-efficiency appliances, latest battery technology, and innovative mobile payment systems that have emerged from the mobile phone revolution, entrepreneurs are delivering household solutions that increase rural electrification rates and scale up renewables in Africa. These innovative business models are challenging the conventional wisdom of energy infrastructure development in Africa and are fueling debates on off-grid versus on-grid solutions as well as small-scale versus large-scale projects.


  1. What are the opportunities and challenges for developing off-grid solutions in Africa?
  2. How can these new business models accelerate their reach by accessing additional commercial financing?
  3. What are enabling policies to further accelerate the momentum of off-grid electrification?
Discussion Leader(s): Steve Harley, President, Global Energy Sector , DHL, UK ; Simon Bransfield-Garth, Chief Executive Officer, Azuri Technologies, UK ; Benon Mutambi, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Government of Uganda, Uganda ; Thomas Duveau, Head of Business Development, Mobisol, Germany ; Mugo Kibati, Group CEO; Chairman, Pan Africa Insurance; M-KOPA Solar; Lake Turkana Wind Power, Kenya
Topic: Business Models frontiers