The program targets to put PV-Wind-Batteries hybrid systems to complete/replace the existing Gensets in 23 sites program over the Kenyan territory.
4 to 5 towns will include wind turbines: Maikona , Dadaab, Banisa, Wajir and/or North Horr
Meteolien participates to the wind production studies, to the hybridization optimization and to the detailed design of the equipment and provide technical assistance during the tender of the contracting companies and validate the construction and commissioning.
By June 2016, over the 88581 public facilities in Kenya, 68.4% were electrified under the and 31.6% were un-electrified.
As pointed out in the report dated November 2019 and named “The role of renewable energy mini-grids in Kenya's electricity sector” (Evidence of a cost-competitive option for rural electrification and sustainable development) published by the NewClimate Institute, ECN and the German Ministry of Energy:
“Mini-grids have a long history in Kenya, with the first installations dating back to the early 1980s. In recent years, several diesel-based mini-grids have been transformed into hybrid diesel-solar or diesel-wind systems, and several fully renewable energy mini-grids have been deployed. The total installed capacity in 2016 was approximately 25.3 MW, most of which consists of public operated mini-grids […]. However, to date, the overarching strategy for Kenya's electricity sector focuses primarily on national grid extension; mini-grids are included but significantly under-represented in the 2018 Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES).”
This gives basically the framework, the responsibility and the challenges of this program and the exemplarity it shall demonstrate to further mini-grid projects especially including wind energy.
KPLC – 23 towns related electricity consumers
GAMMA System Ltd
ARTELIA (France et Local)
Objectifs du projet
Transformer les groupes diesel qui sont l’unique source électrique des micro-réseaux en groupes de secours seulement afin d’économiser le diesel, diminuer les couts de l’électricité produite et éviter les émissions de CO2 correspondants (et le bruit et la pollution locale correspondante)
§ Detailed studies for wind power plant in 4 villages, including wind resource and production assessment studies
§ Support to the optimization/concept design of the PV-Wind-batteries hybrid system
§ Technical support during the tendering process for the wind power plants construction
§ Supervise the construction of the wind power plants
§ Coordination of the wind experts team and works
Millions of tons of CO2 will be saved each year
Cost saving of Millions of USD for the Kenyan Ministry of Energy, due to difference between the diesel costs and the Renewable energies costs.