ThreeSolar Mini-Grids in the Villages of Ngurunit, Kalobeyei Town and KalobeyeiRefugee Settlement Provide Clean, Reliable and Affordable Energy to Households,Businesses and Social Institutions
NAIROBI, June 10, 2020 – Renewvia Energy KenyaLimited, a locally registered solar developer, and a subsidiary of RenewviaEnergy Corporation, and Energising Development(EnDev) Kenya, through the Mini-Grids Results Based Financing (RBF) project implementedby Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH,today announced a partnership to electrify three communities in Kenya to bringreliable, affordable and clean electricity to local residents and businesses. Theagreement includes a grant of more than $630,000 from UK Department for InternationalDevelopment (DFID) through the RBF facility which has enabled Renewvia tocommission three solar mini-grids serving Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement supported byUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and other humanitarian agencies together with theGovernment of Kenya, and nearby Kalobeyei Host Community Town both in TurkanaCounty, as well as the Village of Ngurunit in Marsabit County, Northern Kenya.
Turkana is the second largest county inKenya, and one of the poorest, with more than 88 percent of the populationliving in extreme poverty. Prior tocommissioning these mini-grids, residents of KalobeyeiHost Community Town and the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement had only limitedaccess to reliable power, which was also the case for Ngurunit. Those who didhave access would obtain it from expensive and unreliable sources such as solarhome systems and small diesel generators. Commissioning these mini-grids is afirst step in helping to expand access to clean and reliable energy forproductive use to help improve healthcare, advance education, enhance livelihoods,self-reliance and safety.
“We have seen immediate positive impactson lives and livelihoods for Ngurunit, Kalobeyei Town and Kalobeyei Refugee Settlementcommunity members, who have been enthusiastic and willing to connect to the mini-grids,”said Douglas Cox, Director of African Project Development, Renewvia Energy Corporation. “Ultimately, maximizing the socio-economicimpacts for those living without reliable energy access requires the ability toreplicate and scale while preserving quality and reliability, and Renewvia iswell-positioned to bring our leading energy solutions to more communities inKenya and throughout Africa.”
TheKalobeyei Integrated Settlement was established in2015 by Turkana County Government (TCG) and UNHCR with three distinct“villages” across 15 square kilometers to house refugees largely coming fromSouth Sudan. Renewvia’s mini-grid isserving Village One and is currently providing electricity at an affordablecost to almost 500 households, schools, as well as businesses and churches. In Kalobeyei Town, with a population of approximately8,000, Renewvia’s mini-grid is currently providing electricity to over 100households, as well as 29 local businesses and community institutions. InNgurunit town with a population of approximately 5,000, Renewvia’s mini-grid iscurrently providing electricity to over 160 households and 25 local businessesand social institutions.
“Togetherwith other development partners, we are supporting the Ministry of Energy (MoE)in achieving the 2022 universal access to electricity target as per the KenyaNational Electrification Strategy. Through the DFID funded Mini-grids RBFfacility, our focus was to facilitate market entry for private sector intoGreen Mini-Grids (GMG) business in Kenya, and particularly in providingelectricity in off-grid rural areas. We have worked collaboratively with thecounty governments of Turkana and Marsabit as well as Renewvia to deliver powerto these 3 villages and we are looking forward to the mini-grids operatingsustainably and bringing the much-needed positive impact to the localhouseholds, SMEs and social institutions.” – Anna Ingwe (Country Manager – EnDev Kenya).
“UNHCR strongly believes that the solar grid projectplays a crucial role to mainstream access to energy for refugees and hostcommunities, one of the flagship projects of the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio EconomicDevelopment Plan (KISEDP). In line with the UNHCR’s global strategy for sustainableenergy, we aim to ensure that refugees can meet their basic energy needs whileminimising environmental degradation. Sustainable energy will enable refugee and host communities topursue education, support livelihoodactivities and enhance their safety and well-being,” said Ignazio Matteini, UNHCR’s Head ofOffice in Kakuma.
Coxcontinued, “The initial rollout has been so successful that plans are nowunderway for expansion of the power lines to give more individuals in KalobeyeiRefugee Settlement the opportunity to connect to an expanded solar generationplant that can accommodate the increased load. We are incredibly excited tocontinue our partnership with GIZ, UNHCR, TCG and all of our other developmentpartners in this area to further serve the residents of Turkana West Sub-County.”
About Renewvia Energy Corporation
Renewvia EnergyCorporation is a top 500 Global Solar Developer headquartered in the Atlanta,Ga. It designs, installs, owns and operates commercial and community solarpower systems across three continents and provides a complete range of solarenergy solutions including turnkey solar installation, integrated financing andsolar consulting services. To learn more, visit: www.renewvia.com.
EnDev is astrategic partnership. Dedicated donors, partners and individuals work togetherto support social development and economic growth by providing access tomodern, renewable energy in more than 20 countries around the globe. Thedriving force behind EnDev is the partnership of Germany, the Netherlands,Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; donors who are committedto accelerating energy access. In Kenya, EnDev is implemented by DeutscheGesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and NetherlandsDevelopment Organisation (SNV). To learn more, visit: www.endev.info.
GIZ is aservice provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainabledevelopment and international education work, dedicated to shaping a futureworth living around the world. GIZ currently works in around 120 countriesglobally and has been working in Kenya since 1975. In Kenya GIZ collaborateswith partners from the German and Kenyan private sectors on a range of projectsincluding sustainable economic development and employment promotion, agricultureand food security, renewable energy, good governance, assistance for refugeesand host communities etc. To learn more, visit: www.giz.de.