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This guide aims to help practitioners assess whether milling is an appropriate, beneficial and financially viable productive application, both for a community and for a mini-grid developer. It also provides guidance for practitioners on how to operationalize a milling PU, recognizing the complexity of doing so.

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The guide is the result of the GMG Facility Kenya’s extensive work to support mini-grid developers and the mini-grid industry at large to address sector level barriers to expanding off-grid electrification, with an emphasis on increasing market access and social inclusion for bottom of the pyramid (BoP) consumers and businesses.

Attached are the ICE Making Calculator and a report on ice making.

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The GMG Facility is encouraged by the interest to date for the GMG call for proposals, and look forward to reviewing the concepts submitted. We remind all that the first deadline is 17th September and concepts will be reviewed and awards will be granted on a first come first server basis. Mini-grid applications submitted after 17th September will be reviewed once the initial batch are evaluated pending availability of funds. Type and nature of support Under the GMG Kenya programme, the Managing Entity will provide two main kinds of support to GMG Facility Recipients: - Technical assistance (TA) activities structured on a demand-driven basis at the project level. - Output based - connection and/or milestone grant support through the grant facility encourage private operators to build and operate green mini-grids providing access to electricity in Kenya. Both the technical assistance and the financial support facilities will be tailored to the specific needs of the eligible GMG Facility Recipient. A flexible approach will be used to design and implement the service awarded, taking into consideration the level of advancement of the recipient projects: pre-feasibility, development or execution phase of the project cycle. Priority will be given to projects with high social impact, reasonable funding needs, positive environmental and social impact, potential for replication and sustainability, and high contribution to reach the programme objectives within given timelines. More details regarding the eligibility and the application process can be found in the Manual of Procedures. Please register here for access. Summary guidelines are attached for reference. The GMG Facility google application forms can also be found here once registered. Please send inquires to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The GMG Facility Managing Entity
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Monday, 31 July 2017 12:26

GMG Facility Update - July 2017

Following a recent, in-depth, review of all DFID programmes in light of revised budget forecasts and new in-country strategies, DFID Kenya has decided to revise downwards the ambition of its contribution to the Green Mini Grids (GMG) programme. The end date of the programme has been brought forward by 1 year to end of September 2018, compared to end of September 2019 as originally envisioned. The DFID financial contribution will also be scaled down to a total of £9.4m, which can be mobilized within this time period.

Implications for programme delivery are that the programme will now provide:

  • Investment based grants and output based grants to support 3 sustainable GMG pilot projects identified during the 1st phase of the programme;
  • Technical assistance for GMG projects selected in the 1st Call for Projects pending final proposal discussions, submission by the Managing Entity and approval by AFD;
  • Continued advisory services to the GMG Kenya sector during the course of the programme;

The launch of the Call for Projects no 2 is currently being put on hold, but could be triggered at a later stage if new financing is secured: information will in this case be duly circulated.

The main target of the programme, with the funds provided by DFID, are to support 13,000 to 17,000 connections, as well as a range of benefits arising from the TA and advisory support provided to the sector.
AFD is pursuing parallel consultations with other financiers to identify potential additional sources of funds to extend the activities beyond end of September 2018.

The GMG Kenya teams thanks all the stakeholders for their interest in the program, remains available for further information, and will post and circulate any further news available on the programme.

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