ABN – Global energy company Enel Green Power is partnering with micro-grid technology provider Powerhive to develop 100 solar-powered micro-grids in rural Kenya.
The Powerhive-developed project will cost an estimated $12 million, with Enel providing 93% of the funding.
Micro-grids with energy storage facilities and a total combined capacity of 1 megawatt will be built across 100 rural villages in Kenya’s western counties of Kisii and Nyamira.
About 20,000 households, small businesses, schools and healthcare centres, and 90,000 people will be supplied with clean energy.
Customers will be able to pay for their energy through a mobile app.
Enel CEO Francesco Venturini said: “This country couples a low electrification rate, still in the range of 30%, with one of the highest mobile phone penetration rates of the region, thus making this union ideal to implement innovative solutions able to integrate the electrification of rural areas with generation from renewables, storage facilities, as well as advanced billing systems.”