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Kester Wade

Kester is a former Senior Associate in RMI’s Global South Program, currently supporting work in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Caribbean. As part of the Africa Energy team in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kester is undertaking research on subsets of rural electrification, especially for productive uses. Alongside the Islands team, he is using the Caribbean as a nexus for advancing electricity sector resilience, especially as it fits into holistic energy planning for vulnerable sites, cities, and facilities worldwide.


Prior to joining RMI, Kester undertook research in various facets of energy and sustainability. Some of his endeavors include feasibility studies for floating solar technology in Northern California and an on-campus biodiesel plant at Stanford, and development of a self-repairing water recycling system for the ISS at NASA.


B.Sc.,Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

Authored Works
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Electrifying Agriculture in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, major institutions recognize that supporting productive uses of energy is key to achieve the national target of universal electrification. Both the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy (MOWIE) and the Ethiopian Electric Utility will leverage distributed energy resources and productive uses of energy to pursue universal electrification through…


Agriculture, Rural Electrification, and Community Resilience in Ethiopia

Amid the widespread global disruptions caused by COVID-19, Ethiopia has also been facing the worst desert locust infestation in over 25 years. The economic implications of these crises on the most populous country in the Horn of Africa have taken many forms. External international trade disruptions have already started…