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Why the future's electrifying in Kenya

In partnership with Energy 4 Impact (a non-profit organisation helping millions of people across Africa to access energy), we’ve been busy installing solar panels in schools and health clinics across Kenya, to improve health and education.

Posted:

31 January 2018

Since launching our pioneering pilot, Project Jua, in January, we’ve installed small-scale solar systems in 20 schools and health clinics across 2 of the least developed counties in Kenya: Turkana and Kilifi.

Installation didn’t come without its challenges, though. Engineers had to battle long distances and dodgy roads, and navigate buildings with either poor electrical wiring – or none at all! It was a tricky task but the panels are in place, and it’s exciting to see the difference they’re already making.

It’s wonderful that many “off-grid” communities now have access to renewable electricity. Health clinics can switch on lights and power medical equipment, 24/7. And schools previously reliant on expensive and unsustainable diesel generators, which could only be run for a few hours a day, now light classrooms, and power computer labs connected to the internet – all day long. This has made way for additional classes and study sessions, which we hope will improve the children’s performance at school.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on progress over coming months, to assess the project’s impact. Then we plan to scale it up and reach even more remote communities!

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