We provide Grants and Technical Assistance

to organizations and projects that develop mini-grid solutions. Learn if your organization or project is eligible for a grant and get more information on the grant dates.

What We Do

The Green Mini Grid Facility will enhance access to energy in Kenya by encouraging private investment in renewable energy based mini-grids. Supported by the United Kingdom and the European Union, DfID and the EU-AITF will provide funding for investment grants and technical assistance to both the grantees and the mini-grid sector as a whole to help develop the market place for mini-grids in Kenya. Ultimately, the GMG Facility will provide assistance to the private sector in a responsible manner so as to develop sustainable and scalable businesses providing energy access to all Kenyans. Through the technical assistance and responsible grant disbursement, the GMG Facility will prepare businesses for longer term financing linking them with investment opportunities and financing such as SUNREF - a green credit line for companies developed by AFD.

The program is expected to reach the following targets:

  • 100,000: Number of Kenyans whose lives are improved
  • 25,000: Number of new connections established
  • 8-10: Mini-grid programmes provided with smart technical assistance
  • 2: megawatts of energy provided to Kenya’s energy resource
  • Advocacy : An enabling environment with clearly defines mini-grid regulations
  • Engagement: The private sector is engaged in the funding of the GMG sector in Kenya

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, 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, 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.

  1. GMG Facility Call for Proposals – A call for proposals for the GMG Facility Grant and Technical Assistance (TA)
  2. Submission of Applications – every Applicant must register their organization on the GMG Facility online platform. This is mandatory. Register at http://extranet.gmgfacilitykenya.org/.  All Applications must be submitted through the GMG Facility online platform.
  3. Pre-selection of Applications – The GMG Facility will evaluate all project applications uploaded to the GMG Facility online platform.
  4. Due diligence of Applications – The GMG Facility will ask applicants to post documentary evidence for further verification and review.
  5. Award – Recipient is awarded with a Grant or Technical Assistance
  6. Verification and reporting - Monitoring and review of grantee projects will be carried out by the GMG Facility

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  • Physical Location: Block C, First Floor, Methodist Ministries Centre, Oloitoktok Road, off Gitanga Road
  • Telephone: +254 (0) 20 259 53 11 (to 16) - Ext 127

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