Being part of the pilot project, The JKUAT SEED Centre, in collaboration with Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) and Narok County government have established a 12Kwp mini-grid at Olderkesi trade center – Narok west constituency.
The mini-grid being the SEED center’s Living Lab has established energy access to 50 commercial enterprises in the trade center. By having a modular design, the mini-grid seeks to expands its’ reach to a population of approximately 500 inhabitants, with the estimated energy distribution covering Domestic, Commercial and Social uses within the shopping center.
Installed Living Lab Power reticulation in the trade center
Through energy provision, the living lab has expanded the community’s engagement in economic activities that are dependent on energy supply, hence spurring both necessity and opportunity entrepreneurship activities. Additionally, the living lab has partnered with community members through a locally formed cooperative society in conducting capacity building training sessions aimed at enhancing business management skills of the members.
The living lab aims at using locally sourced bio mass and high solar radiation exposure experience in the area to create research opportunities for students to acquire practical and experiential knowledge in generation, use, management and storage of clean energy as well as how the energy can enhance entrepreneurial activities.