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Solar developer Renewvia Energy Kenya Limited, a subsidiary of Renewvia Energy Corporation and Energizing Development Kenya, announced a partnership to provide three mini grids that will bring reliable, affordable and clean electricity to local residents and businesses of Ngurunit, Kalobeyei Town and Kalobeyei in Kenya.
The agreement is part of the Mini-Grids Results Based Financing (RBF) project implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and includes a grant of more than $630,000 from the UK Department for International Development through the RBF facility.
Prior to commissioning the mini grids, all three communities had only limited access to power, which was expensive and unreliable. The project is Renewvia’s first step in helping to expand access to clean and reliable energy for productive use to help improve healthcare, advance education, livelihoods, self-reliance and safety in Kenya.
“We have seen immediate positive impacts on lives and livelihoods for Ngurunit, Kalobeyei Town and Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement community members, who have been enthusiastic and willing to connect to the mini-grids,” says Douglas Cox, Director of African Project Development, Renewvia Energy Corporation. “Ultimately, maximizing the socio-economic impacts for those living without reliable energy access requires the ability to replicate and scale while preserving quality and reliability, and Renewvia is well-positioned to bring our leading energy solutions to more communities in Kenya and throughout Africa,” he adds.
Renewvia Energy Kenya and its development partners are working together to support Kenya’s Ministry of Energy in its 2022 universal access to electricity goal, as per the Kenya National Electrification Strategy.