Huawei Kenya Kick Starts its First Thousand Digital Power Talents Programme to Upskill 1000 Solar Practitioners
[Nairobi, 15 December 2022] Huawei Kenya held their first Thousand Digital Power Talents Programme which was attended by over 120 solar industry practitioners from various solar companies in Kenya. This event is a part of "Thousand Digital Power Talents Programme", as it aimed to upskill more than 1000 solar practitioners across Sub-Saharan Africa.
With the theme "Together, for a Better and Greener Africa", the programme was a significant milestone in Huawei’s effort to drive growth and expand the ecosystem for Africa’s solar sector. Through this programme, we are committed to strengthening local talent ecosystem and drive further industry growth in Africa with local partners.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Dupeng, CEO of Eastern Africa Digital Power Business, brought to light Huawei Digital Power Business vision to ‘Integrating digital and power electronics technologies, developing clean power, and enabling energy digitalization to drive energy revolution for a better, greener future.’ “We are dedicated to offer intelligent FusionSolar PV+storage solutions, which reduce the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of PV plants over the lifetime and improve the grid forming performance, making PV a primary energy source. Through continuous innovation, Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV will make green power a primary energy source for every home and organization.”
He highlighted that, through capacity building and this kind of talent-developing program, we are striving to create more value for our partners, and grow the solar industry ecosystem in the region. At Huawei, we have an immense commitment to providing the best solutions and services to our customers by providing local sales services and continuously improving its solutions to fit the ever-growing market need and demand.
Key industry stakeholders, Mr. Andrew Amadi, CEO of Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA), and Mr. Patrick Tonui, Head of Policy and Regional Strategy at the Global Off-grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), gave keynote speeches during the opening ceremony. “We need to shout louder about solar”, “Capacity building is extremely important as currently there are at least 27 solar power generation licenses. This in turn results to development of single project to project basis thus creating high overhead energy costs.” Mr. Amadi remarked during his speech. Mr. Patrick speaking about the off-grid solar industry, said that we are yet to achieve electricity access by 100%. He added that by 2030, about 500 million people will still not be able to afford electricity according to research from the World Bank amongst others, a challenge which GOGLA is working together with industry stakeholders to solve, by focusing more on underserved populations.
Left to Right: Mr. Andrew Amadi, CEO of Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA), and Mr. Patrick Tonui, Head of Policy and Regional Strategy at the Global Off-grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)
Huawei Kenya plans to host additional trainings in 2023 to continue upskilling solar practitioners with knowledge on Huawei digital power technology and solutions, as well as practical installation skills. See you next time.
Together, for a Better and Greener Africa.