In a bid to upscale its green energy initiatives, Multimedia University of Kenya through the Renewable Energy Research Consortium (RERC) conducted a two-week Vocational Education and Training for Africa (VET4Africa) Training of Trainers (ToT) worksop on Renewable Energy Technology.
The program saw 12 participants, picked across the country trained on Solar Photovoltaic Technologies through a fully funded scholarship program offered by VET4Africa, a German partner to the MMU Renewable Energy Research Consortium, through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The exercise aims to train enough Solar PV technicians who would ensure that rural regions in Kenya and Africa are supplied with decentralized renewable energies, that are installed and managed by qualified professionals.
According to Dr. David Wekesa, who is the programme’s lead trainer for VET4Africa, and also MMU’s RERC training coordinator, the main goal is for each successfully qualified Solar PV Trainer, to train at least 50 students across the country on Solar PV installation and management every year.
The beneficiaries of the scholarship programme were drawn from Maseno University, Multimedia University of Kenya, KISII University, Kirinyaga University, Riabai Youth Polytechn, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Path Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship and Agrosmart Technologies, Kibabii University, Institute of Energy Studies and Research (IESR), Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and Technical University of Mombasa.