The main objective of the course is to give to students a knowledge about new and innovative business models for renewable energy. The course mainly explains the business model innovations, their applications and how they can be designed as well as redesigned. Evolving business models for RE in terms of revenue models (pricing of renewable energy power under various frameworks including fee-in tariffs and auctions), operational costs (fixed, variable, working capital) and other sources of income (carbon credits, tax credits) will be explained. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with the definition of business models in economics and business, new business models in green energy markets, the certifications of energy generation (green power labels), the concept of consumer preferences for RE and distribution of RE products.

The main objective of the course is to enhance the understanding of different financial actors and products (equity, loan, bond, leasing structures, guarantees, Islamic financing structure) in Renewable Energy. The training shall equip students with the latest information on financing all types of renewable energy projects to allow them to continue to participate successfully in the Renewable Industry, both in Africa and globally. The course analyses also the role of microfinance in increasing the access to RE micro & small enterprises (MSEs), enhancing the productivity and the business opportunities of MSEs through energy-efficient solutions.

The main objective of the course is to give practical information and knowledge about the legal and political framework of renewable energy enterprises’ management in the local context and its evolution in the recent past. The multi-disciplinary course blends appropriate project evaluation techniques, business administration, practical tools and strategies for the marketing and environmental sustainability and its influence for long-term social progress and economic development with awareness of the potentials of renewable energy technologies.

This course will give a strong understanding of the renewable energy and technologies highlighting the working principles of solar PV and thermal, hydro, biomass, wind as well as other renewable energy sources that can be developed in Uganda and Tanzania. Also, appreciation of the local context in relation to the renewable energies, reflecting on the current status and intended future projects will be handled here, giving an understanding of the available resources and energy production phase. It will further focus on power systems, their operation and control and particularly to the integration and distribution of renewable energy grid or stand-alone decentralized systems (mini grids) applications in Tanzania and Uganda. The content will emphasize on technical aspects of traditional and renewable electrical power generation, power transmission and distribution, power network stability, management and control, electricity market operations and smart grid technologies with particular emphasis on the integration of renewable generation onto the network at both transmission and distribution level and the challenges and opportunities associated with that. A solid basis in the understanding of future power networks with distributed generation, storage and smart grid technology will be given.

In this course, the interrelation of energy, that is renewable and non-renewable with the environment reflecting of the sustainability aspects such as economic, environmental, technical, socio-cultural among others will be handled. In the economic aspect, costs and investment considerations for energy systems will be elaborated while, impact on environment from various energy systems will be considered in environmental assessment. Given that this energy generated would be used by people, incorporation their attitudes, culture etc. are crucial in promoting acceptance of the systems, hence socio-cultural assessments. Meanwhile, understanding of system technical aspect reflected through functionality, flexibility, adaptability among others is pertinent in enabling design, installation and operation of the Energy systems. Additionally, other “soft” aspects such as policy and relevant regulatory framework will also be expounded on in this course since existence of relevant laws and regulations influence dissemination of energy.

The course aims to introduce the concept of energy efficiency and how it may be applied for carrying out all types of energy-dependent activities, such as manufacturing products, heating/cooling buildings. The course seeks to inform students about the real benefits which energy efficiency measures and aid them to understand why energy efficiency is a high priority in supporting greater sustainable energy supplies for development. In this course, emphasis will be placed on incorporation of energy efficiency component especially in the utilization of energy. Thus, through energy audits, efficiency in utilization of energy in the residential and industrial sector will be taught. This will be enhanced by practical applications where energy audits for selected facilities will be carried out by student groups. Also, considering storage of energy is still a major challenge globally, this course will also ensure that measures of energy storage and their application in the local context are handled. Innovative measures of energy storage and resource requirements there in will also be explored in this course.