IEET Wins Funding from TEALP for Energy Technology Training

IEET officials together with Jinko Solar (supporters of the program) officials during the official handing over of solar panels to the IEET Department/File Photo

The Institute of Energy and Environment Technology (IEET) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has been awarded funding to the tune of 21,500 Euros (Ksh. 3,392,342.50) from the Transforming Energy Access Learning Platform (TEALP) to facilitate the integration of three essential courses into the existing MSc. Energy Technology program.

The three courses, Local Solutions to energy access, Mini-grids Planning and Design as well as Appliances for off-grid communities, will equip students with skills to help communities, particularly in marginalized areas in the installation, operating, monitoring, and troubleshooting of renewable energy technologies.

This is critical in improving sustainable and reliable access which is expected to catalyze the country’s, and subsequently, the global energy transition towards renewable energy. This is pivotal in promoting equitable distribution of energy technologies to all.

In an interview with the Corporate Communications office, the Principal Investigator, Dr. Xavier Ochieng, stated that out of over 200 applicants, only 23 universities from Africa were awarded funding with JKUAT being the only institution in Kenya.

“Even though the competition was strong, JKUAT’s proposal was impressive enough for consideration therefore, the students enrolling at IEET are joining a center of excellence for training and research on renewable energy.

Our partners will also be supporting the program and these include Jinko Solar Limited’s support in the form of solar modules and funding in the form of scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD).”

According to Prof. Joseph Kamau, Director, IEET, the project will not only help faculty incorporate current issues into their energy technology curricula but will also give students the knowledge and skills they need to evaluate local energy laws and policies in terms of how they affect local access to energy.

“We have integrated emerging issues in the energy technology curriculum, for instance, local solutions for energy access, understanding the off-grid or distributed energy, aligning the curriculum with SDG 7 on energy access and the climate change nexus and appraising the relevant socio-economic community dynamics and tools for engagement in an off-grid context,” he said.

The project is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom, currently rebranded to UKAID, and will be implemented by the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa.

The first cohort to undertake this revised course will be admitted at IEET from September 4, 2023.

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