DLA Piper Africa and Managing Partner of IKM Advocates, James Kamau, shares his opinions and insight into the future of energy infrastructure in Africa.

Small and innovative renewable energy projects battle to raise funds through formal channels.

One possible solution is to reach out to communities with an interest in those projects to help fund them through crowdfunding initiatives.

While there has been a marked increase in the number of renewable energy projects being funded globally, these are traditionally larger projects generating in excess of 5 MW, funded by traditional funders in the form of commercial banks and development finance institutions.