Mini Grids

Overview

  • The mini grid sector is expanding with an estimated installed capacity of 15MW.  The minigrid are either diesel operated, or hybrid consisting of solar and/or wind.
  • Currently there are 15 public operational mini-grids operated by Kenya Power with a total installed capacity of 15MW. These mini-grids are owned by REA/MoE&P which is 100% owned by the government.
  • The high operation cost of the mini-grids made government to integrate renewable energy in these off-grid sites. A total of 44 greenfields have been identified for development.
  • Some of the solar PV installations include; Strathmore University 0.6MW; UNEP Building 0.5MW; Changoi tea estate 1 MW; Garden City Mall and Thika Road 850 kW.Others include  off-grid Kitonyoni  project 13.5 kW;Powehive East Africa 80kW; Kericho County solar project 1MW; Red Land Roses, Ruiru 30kW; Uhuru Flower Farm 72 kW; Nanyuki Flower farm 60kW; SOS Children village 60kW

Mini grids

Off-Grid Installed Capacity Effective capacity
Wajir 4.20 2.64
Mandera Diesel 2.40 1.36
Mandera Aggreko Diesel 2.60 2.16
Mandera Solar 0.33 0.28
Marsabit Diesel 2.40 1.92
Marsabit Wind 0.50 0.50
Lodwar Diesel 4.17 2.88
Lodwar Solar 0.06 0.06
Merti Diesel 0.24 0.24
Merti Solar 0.01 0.01
Habasweni Diesel 1.32 0.77
Habasweni Solar 0.03 0.02
Habasweni Wind 0.05 0.02
Elwak Diesel 0.68 0.54
Elwak Solar 0.06 0.05
Baragoi 0.24 0.19
Mfangano Diesel 0.68 0.51
Mfangano Solar 0.01 0.01
Off-Grid Installed Capacity Effective capacity
Lokichogio 1.34 0.54
Eldas 0.36 0.29
Takaba Diesel 0.36 0.29
Takaba Solar 0.03 0.024
Rhamu Diesel 0.36 0.29
Rhamu Solar 0.05 0.04
Laisamis Diesel 0.18 0.15
Laisamis Solar 0.08 0.02
North Horr 0.18 0.15
Lokori 0.22 0.15
Moyale 1.05 0.72
Dadaab 0.78 0.63
Faza 0.40 0.32
Lokitaung 0.18 0.15
Kiunga 0.21 0.17
Hulugo 0.24 0.19
Lokiriama 0.64 0.64
Kakuma 0.80 0.80
  • Installed capacity
  • Effective Capacity

Hybrid mini grids

Mandera 300 kW solar
El Wak in Wajir 50 kW solar
Hola 50 kW solar
Merti in Isiolo. 10 kW solar
Habaswein 30 kW solar / 20 kW wind
Lodwar 60 kW solar
Laisamis 80 kW
Takaba (Mandera) 50 kW solar
Rhamu (Mandera 50 kW solar
Eldas (Wajir) 30 kW solar
  • kW Solar

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