JKUAT Breaks Ground for Mini-Grid Installation in Olderkesi

Prof. Ikua cuts tape to officially signify the commencement of mini-grid installation. He is flanked by Chief Kipees to his left, Mr. Cherbogei and REREC’s Purity Kimotho to his right.

After several months of consultations and co-creation with the Olderkesi community members, Narok County government and other stakeholders, the Sustainable Energies, Entrepreneurship and Development (SEED) Project has finally broken ground.

This gives a green light for the installation of a 12 Kwp mini-grid plant, that will see the community members, who are otherwise currently off-grid, access to renewable energy and consequently entrepreneurial opportunities. The ground-breaking event commenced with the transfer of various mini-grid technologies and equipment from the University Main Campus in Juja, to Olderkesi Trading Centre in Narok West Constituency.

The project, domiciled under the College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC), aims to offer higher education at the intersection of sustainable energies and entrepreneurship, and to conduct research that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The project is a joint initiative of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Technical University of Munich.

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