- Establishment of a partnership with Renewable Energy industry Stakeholders.
SEED center established a partnership with the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC), with the objective of collaborating with like-minded partners in nurturing development in rural areas. Through the partnership, both SEED and REREC will combine efforts in fostering community development through provision of green energy.
The partnership will also create inter-disciplinary learning opportunities for the stakeholders as well as collaboration opportunities in technical support, human resource support, research and capacity building forums.
- Identification of the Living Lab Site.
Through the development of a site identification criteria, the SEED center conducted site visits in potential areas where the living lab would be established. The criteria stipulated that the area should posses the following characteristics for eligibility:
- Should be off-grid
- Existence of marginalized community living in the area
- Accessibility from the SEED center
- Have existing energy technologies
- Availability of community land
- Future sustainability of the project
- Potential Energy Users
- Economic activity of the community
Olderkesi location scored highly from the assessment and hence was selected as a suitable site for the installation of the living lab/mini grid.
- Establishment of a collaborative partnership with Narok County Government.
To promote community project ownership through the local leadership, SEED center instituted a collaborative partnership with the County Government of Narok. The partnership has enabled the center to learn on vital issues such as tariff charges and power distribution process that are essential for the project realization.
The center aims to continue working with the devolved government in enhancing energy access to communities living in off-grid areas within the county.
- Purchase of Mini-grid hardware.
Following a concerted efforts by the technical team, a design of the proposed mini-grid was developed and the bill of quantities arrived at. The capacity of power to be generated was designed to be 12 KWp. This was followed by procurement process for the hardware. Competitive bidding process was selected as a suitable method of procurement, with the most competitive and competent supplier qualifying for the tender award.
Through the purchased hardware, SEED center will proceed with the installation process upon receipt of the required licenses from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
- Formation of a Community Based Cooperative Society.
The SEED center conducted numerous capacity building activities, aimed at imparting knowledge to community members on the formation and management of a community based cooperative society. From the trainings, The Center assisted community members to register their cooperative society with the registrar of cooperative societies. The newly formed cooperative society bearing the name “Olderkesi-SEED Cooperative Society Limited” was successfully registered under the category of Marketing and Energy cooperative society. It will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the mini-grid. Through the cooperative society, the community’s journey to socio-economic independence will be enhanced.
- Bilateral Collaboration with TUM Post Graduate Researchers.
The Project Coordinator Receiving the first International Researcher
SEED Center has been able to institute and engage in successful bilateral collaboration with post graduate researchers from TUM (Technical University of Munich). As part of the JKUAT-TUM international collaboration enshrined in the German Academic Exchange Service Program (DAAD), post graduate researchers have received support from The Centre in data collection for various scholarly works and research. The SEED Centre will continue fostering the bilateral collaboration with researchers from TUM and other universities.