RES4Africa Foundation presents its new strategic programme Grids4Africa

Published on Monday, 19 July 2021

“Renewable energy is the key to ensuring a sustainable future for Africa. However, this will not be possible without the proper infrastructure. Clean, safe, and cheap energy will only be a reality with a modern and reliable electricity grid. This is why the new RES4Africa program, Grids4Africa, is so important – not only in raising awareness about the importance of networks, but also in supporting the development of public-private partnerships in order to enable an effective energy development throughout the continent.”

– Salvatore Bernabei, President of RES4Africa and CEO of Enel Green Power

“With the launch of the Grids4Africa program we mark a fundamental milestone in the history of RES4Africa Foundation. Grids are the complementary and essential infrastructure required to increase renewable hosting capacity and enable an affordable energy access for all across the African continent. Together with the other initiatives of the Res4Africa Foundation, which aim at incentivizing the adoption of renewables to meet the fast-growing energy demand, Enel will support the Grids4Africa initiative with the aim to contribute to the development of infrastructures in order to make electricity accessible to all, foster economic prosperity and contribute to sustainable progress.”

– Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Global Infrastructure and Networks at Enel Group

“Europe is pursuing the integration of massive amounts of V-RES into its grids and, at the same time, is upgrading its power system to improve resilience against extreme events. On the other hand, a large majority of African countries are developing from scratch their grids and have the unique opportunity to jump-start by adopting directly the most modern technologies in order to develop highly-resilient power grids on the path of providing full sustainable energy access. Grids4Africa therefore provides a powerful platform where African countries can access the significant know-how accumulated worldwide in the course of many projects by experienced members such as CESI.”

– Matteo Codazzi, CEO of CESI