SkyPower, the world’s largest developer and owner of utility-scale solar projects, is set to provide two million solar kits to Kenyan homes and working families who are not connected to the national grid, and also construct 1GW of solar power stations. SkyPower with assistance from the Government of Kenya will distribute portable SkyPower Home solar kits comprising of a solar panel and an inverter to help Kenyans harness the power of the sun.
The home solar kits include LED bulbs, a fan, USB charging capabilities and a radio that will be powered and recharged by the sun. SkyPower Home solar kits will help Kenyan citizens’ access energy and improve living standards as a whole. The firm will also create new green energy jobs, and advance opportunities for skills development and training.
According to the National Energy Petroleum Policy 2015, Kenya has an installed electricity capacity of 1,664MW and targets to reach a capacity of 6,700MW by 2016. This would later ensure the cost generation of electricity to go down among domestic and industrial customers. Further, the government is set to achieve at least 1,900MW of renewable energy by 2017 and 5,500MW by 2030 to enhance direct use of naturally occurring resources.
SkyPower has a long history of working closely with local communities to produce hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean electricity every year, while ensuring that those close to the developments garner the rewards of renewable electrification. This initiative is another step forward in SkyPower’s corporate social responsibility program, SkyPower Cares, which helps bring light to communities with limited, intermittent or no access to electricity.