Year the program was started as a pilot project for community-owned solar-powered microgrids funded by Comic Relief to provide clean, affordable energy to some of the poorest fishing communities next to Lake Victoria in Kenya.
primary objectives of the project: first, to improve the livelihoods of the communities concerned and second, to provide data and learning on how community-owned energy hubs can be sustainable. It also looks at what returns are achievable for different stakeholders.
sites selected, all of them are located away from the national power grid and there is little prospect of the grid being extended to them in the near future. These are: Ragwe, Tabla and Luanda Rombo (Homa Bay County), and Ngore, Got Kachola and Rasira (Migori County).
3 - 5%
electrification rate in the two counties as compared to 23% for Kenya as a whole.
or so people benefit from the new electricity services and have been able to cut use of use of kerosene and diesel, get access to basic community services and create better opportunities for small businesses.
of a family's monthly income was spent on kerosene costs. Most families are now able to spend this money on nutritional food, school fees or starting a new business.
on an average the increase in incomes due to improved lighting as well as ability for businesses to power everything from electric razors, refrigerators and satellite TVs to welding equipment.