Many households, companies, schools and hospitals in rural areas, such as Mathioya Subcounty in Kenya, do not have access to sustainable electricity. They are fully reliant on fossil fuels for generating energy for transport, cooling, lighting, cooking and powering machinery. Increasing use of fossil fuels produces ever-higher CO2 emissions and accelerates deforestation which, in turn, contributes to climate change at while reducing the region’s own capacity to deal with its effects.
Development of a sustainable electricity source, in the form of a hydropower mini-grid, will eliminate the need for fossil fuels in electricity generation. The renewable energy will come from hydropower turbines placed in small rivers (not through large flood-control dams). These turbines have the capacity to deliver 210 kW, day and night, while being small enough to operate without harming the rivers’ ecosystems.
This mini-grid in Kenya will connect 500 households, 10 schools, 10 companies and 3 hospitals to a sustainable electricity source, eliminating 840 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.