Thu May 08 19:39:36 EAT 2014
Green energy award to help firms see the light
Winners in the second round of the Power Africa Off-Grid Challenge to get Sh8.5m each.
- The competition was first held last year, with six companies emerging as winners and receiving $100,000 (Sh8.5 million) each
Some 25 institutions generating power from renewable sources are to benefit from grants to be awarded by an American firm.
General Electric, through its subsidiary GE Africa, and the US African Development Foundation will award $100,000 (about Sh8.5 million) to each winner in the second round of the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge.
Participants will be drawn from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria.
“General Electric (GE) is working with public and private sector stakeholders to provide sustainable, decentralised ways to power more of Africa.
“Africans know what works in their communities and this competition will encourage local solutions to power challenges,” said Mr Jay Ireland, GE Africa president and chief executive officer.
The competition was first held last year, with six companies emerging as winners and receiving $100,000 (Sh8.5 million) each.
Among them were three Kenyan firms: Solar World (EA) Ltd, Afrisol Energy Ltd and Mibawa Suppliers.
Last year, Solar World (EA) Ltd submitted a proposal to construct five solar-powered water points in Samburu County.
Afrisol Energy’s entry was a proposal for the construction of a bio-digester to produce electricity and biogas in Nairobi’s slums. Mibawa Suppliers Ltd proposed to distribute IndiGo lights to replace kerosene lamps for low-income households in the rural areas.
The challenge is part of the Power Africa initiative launched by US President Barrack Obama that aims to increase access to reliable and affordable electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.