OPERATING MINIGRIDS

OLKIRAMATIAN

KAJIADO, KENYA

Olkiramatian is located in the beautiful South Rift Valley in Kenya and home to the Maasai. In February 2021, Renewvia commissioned a solar minigrid bringing clean, renewable, and affordable energy to this community for the first time. We can expect tangible positive implications for Olkiramatian, including medical services that can be provided more consistently and later in the day via the local health facility, extended school and study hours for children, better overall business outcomes, and improved public safety. 

OYAMO

HOMA BAY, KENYA

Oyamo Island is located in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Until 2020, approximately 600 households (about 3,000 people) were living without electricity. In early 2021, Renewvia commissioned a solar minigrid to serve the community and its residents, small businesses and other institutions.  To date more than 140 households and businesses have been connected, and more are expected in the future.

RINGITI

HOMA BAY, KENYA

Ringiti is a small island in Lake Victoria with 10,000 residents that is two and a half hours away by boat from the lakeside regional hub of Mbita, near Kenya’s southwest boarder. Until 2018, Ringiti had no source of power besides kerosene, petrol, and disposable batteries. Following a national solar minigrid feasibility study funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Renewvia commissioned this microgrid plus another on nearby Ndeda Island. Payments are made easy using Renewvia’s mobile payment platform, using M-Pesa and Commercial Bank of Africa to facilitate the transactions.

As our 140 customers on Ringiti expand their use of energy and more and more new customers want to connect to the power lines, we are currently securing funding for an expansion of Ringiti’s system to increase our supply of clean and reliable power.

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OLOIBIRI

BAYELSA, NIGERIA

In 2020, Renewvia commissioned  a solar and battery microgrid serving Oloibiri, Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The minigrid currently connects approximately 160 households, businesses, schools and churches with the ability to expand as needs arise. Oloibiri was where petroleum was first discovered in Nigeria in 1956, so we’re excited to bring clean and renewable energy to a community that was relying on a generator that only runs a few hours a week.

Renewvia's minigrid in Oloibiri will power the new Oloibiri Health for Life Medical Center (H4LC) and Knowledge Management Institute, one of the hub health facilities funded by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) under the flagship Oloibiri Health Program. The program is a local government-wide health system strengthening partnership with the Bayelsa State government. It will provide reliable, consistent power, at a reasonable cost, to enable frontline healthcare workers to provide affordable, accessible and quality assured health care to Ogbia communities.

KALOBEYEI TOWN

TURKANA, KENYA

Kalobeyi Town is a community of 8,000 people located in Turkana County, the second largest county in Kenya, and one of the poorest, with more than 88 percent of the population living in extreme poverty. In September 2019, Renewvia commissioned a solar minigrid serving Kalobeyei Town, the community’s first ever source of reliable electricity. The grid currently connects more than 120 customers including homes, shops, restaurants, churches, and schools, as well as the local Kenya Red Cross field post.

KALOBEYEI

SETTLEMENT

TURKANA, KENYA

The Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement was established in 2015 by Turkana County Government and UNHCR with three distinct “villages” across 15 square kilometers to house refugees largely coming from South Sudan.  In September 2019, Renewvia commissioned a solar minigrid to serve Village One, which is currently providing electricity at an affordable cost to almost 500 households, schools, businesses, institutions, and places of worship. Renewvia is excited to be planning for future expansion of this project to connect thousands more residents of Kalobeyei Settlement later this year.

NGURUNIT

MARSABIT, KENYA

Ngurunit is a remote community located in Marsabit County in northern Kenya, with a population of approximately 5,000.  In January 2020, Renewvia commissioned a solar minigrid serving Ngurunit, connecting 200 households, businesses, schools and churches. Our solar power plant, connected to the community via a 11 kV line, is providing clean and reliable power and is able up to expand as energy needs grow with time.

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NDEDA

SIAYA, KENYA

Ndeda is a small island in Lake Victoria that is 45 minutes away by boat from the small lakeside town of Uyawi. Until 2018, Ndeda had no source of power besides kerosene, petrol, and disposable batteries. Following a national solar minigrid feasibility study funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Renewvia commissioned this minigrid plus another on nearby Ringiti Island. Payments are made easy using Renewvia’s mobile payment platform, using M-Pesa and Commercial Bank of Africa to facilitate the transactions.

After a few months of operation, we increased the generation capacity of the system with a 6 kW wind turbine that coordinates with our solar system to charge the batteries whenever there is sufficient wind. The lake breezes keep it spinning during the valuable evening hours when consumption is high, allowing us to provide more even energy.

AKIPELAI

BAYELSA, NIGERIA

In 2020, Renewvia commissioned a solar minigrid serving Akipelai, a busy town in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria surrounded by thick forests and slow tidal rivers. To date, more than 250 households, businesses, schools and churches have been connected to the minigrid.

The solar minigrid in Akipelai utilizes lithium ion battery storage to provide reliable power throughout non-daylight hours and is designed to scale as individual and communal power demand increases, without any financial burden to the community. The individual can simply buy more power when needed, as opposed to buying more equipment (diesel generators, home solar kits), which can prove to be unreliable, expensive and hard to maintain.

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MINIGRIDS

UNDER-CONSTRUCTION

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OZUZU

CROSS RIVER, NIGERIA

Projected to have 250 connections and serve upwards of 1,250 people. 

LOMEKWI

TURKANA, KENYA

Projected to have 164 connections and serve upwards of 820 people. 

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OPU

CROSS RIVER, NIGERIA

Projected to have 218 connections and serve upwards of 1,090 people. 

BALEP

CROSS RIVER, NIGERIA

Projected to have 138 connections and serve upwards of 700 people. 

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KATIKO

TURKANA, KENYA

Projected to have 402 connections and serve upwards of 2,010 people. 

KAGINTAN KORI

TURKANA, KENYA

Projected to have 159 connections and serve upwards of 800 people. 

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LOCHEREMOIT

TURKANA, KENYA

Projected to have 308 connections and serve upwards of 1,540 people. 

KAPELBOK

TURKANA, KENYA

Projected to have 291 connections and serve upwards of 1,500 people. 

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BENDEGHE AFI

CROSS RIVER, NIGERIA

Projected to have 278 connections and serve upwards of 1,390 people. 

LORENGELUP

TURKANA, KENYA

Projected to have 136 connections and serve upwards of 680 people. 

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EKONG ANAKU

CROSS RIVER, NIGERIA

Projected to have 182 connections and serve upwards of 910 people. 

EMEROKE

AWKA-IBOM, NIGERIA

Projected to have 400 connections and serve upwards of 2,000 people. 

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NAKUKULAS

TURKANA, KENYA

Projected to have 283 connections and serve upwards of 1,415 people.