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SREF Day 3

9:00 - 10:00 Johnny Weiss Workshop: Deploying Microgrids & EarthSpark Case Study

Microgrids are changing the way rural electricity is produced, delivered and consumed. The first part of this session will explain system options and different scales of microgrids. The second part of the session will present a case study of the innovative EarthSpark microgrid in Haiti. Located in Les Anglais, this solar diesel hybrid microgrid provides power for 440 customers utilizing smart meters and a prepayment system. This session will focus on the lessons learned and best practices in developing and operating a successful community-based microgrid.
Johnny Weiss, Educator, Johnny Weiss Solar Consulting

10:15-12:15 HOMER Workshop: Using the HOMER® Pro Software

This workshop will introduce the participants to the HOMER® Pro software, which has been used by over 140,000 energy planners and microgrid developers in 193 countries. The workshop will focus on system types that are most applicable to the Somali context, including small systems using solar, wind, and storage and larger systems designed to reduce diesel fuel consumption. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the potential for these types of systems, their costs, the data requirements for designing the systems and the issues that need to be addressed in order to develop and operate these power systems. Participants will also have learned the basics to start designing systems themselves with the HOMER Pro software.
Dr. Peter Lilienthal, CEO, HOMER Energy

13:15 - 14:45 Universities Workshop: Responding to Laborforce Needs

Abdikarim Gole, Field Manager Somaliland, Shuraako
Saskia Westhof, Project Coordinator, Shuraako

16:00 - 17:00 D-Lab Workshop: Assessing Energy Needs, Market Opportunities, and Distribution Models

D-Lab’s Off-Grid Energy Group works with community based organizations, NGOs, social enterprises, and corporations throughout Africa, Latin America, and South Asia to increase energy access in offgrid markets. This session will cover two related topics: 1) A discussion of the tools and strategies that D-Lab uses when working with local partners to identify energy needs and market opportunities in the communities they work. 2) A demonstration of D-Lab’s interactive tool for helping organizations to select a suitable distribution strategy for their product(s) in a specific market.

Dr. Eric Verploegen, Off-Grid Energy Specialist, MIT D-Lab