The Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya avails funds, and supports green and sustainable mini-grid electrification in remote areas in Kenya. The GMG Facility Kenya provides:

  • Technical assistance
  • Milestone investment grants
  • Output-based grants

The Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya avails funds, and supports green and sustainable mini-grid electrification in remote areas in Kenya. The GMG Facility Kenya provides:


  • Technical assistance
  • Milestone investment grants
  • Output-based grants
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Why we do it

Kenya has a population of approximately 45 million people. Some 40 percent of this population has no or limited access to power. Those people are mostly concentrated in the northern and north eastern parts of the country. Access to electricity service in Kenya has increased rapidly from 23 percent in 2009 and estimated 50 percent today, exceeding the average rate of access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa of 35 percent. Despite significant achievements in the last five years, the interconnected electricity system covers only the coastal, central, eastern and western parts of the country. As such, most of the northern and north eastern regions of the country have no grid coverage, and electricity access in these regions is less than 5 percent.

Power supply to all Kenyans, can be regarded as one of the Vision 2030 ambitions (elevating Kenya to a Middle Income Country by 2030) and as part of the SE4ALL agenda
(
http://www.se4all.org/content/kenya-sustainable-energy), which aims at the generation of some 30,000 MW and some 60 million connections worldwide. As a result, the grid operators, KPLC and Ketraco, have put the emphasis on system reliability and the introduction of smart grid technologies. The authorities are currently extending transmission lines (4,000 km) and distribution lines (3,200 km), and building substations (4,200 MVA). Despite government projects, such as the Last Mile Connectivity Project
(
http://www.energy.go.ke/index.php/projects/245-last-mile-connectivity-project.html), more than 1.3 million households still remain outside of the KPLC grid footprint.

Therefore, involvement of mini-grids provides a reasonable case for solving electricity access to populations that are far away from the grid. In this perspective, several mini-grids have been established in Kenya over the past years, initially diesel-based mini-grids and more recently renewable energy components (mostly wind and solar) have been integrated into these mini-grids. 

Private investments in mini-grids have been initiated in Kenya. However, they face numerous challenges which need to be addressed, including:

• Lack of sufficient capital for investments
• Poor market data for sizing mini-grid projects
• Insufficient legal, institutional and regulatory environment
• Lack of clear guidance on mini-grid tariffs
• Complementarity of grid extension and mini-grids
• More than 1.3 million households still remain outside of the KPLC grid footprint

The Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya aims to assist mini-grid entities in addressing these challenges.

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