OVO Foundation is expanding its energy access project in Kenya, electrifying over 300 schools and health clinics in the hardest-to-reach parts of Kenya. The company is doing this through its Project Jua, which will bring solar energy to areas not supported by the national grid.
The project is in support of the Kenyan government’s overall electrification program through innovative off-grid solutions. Project Jua builds on its 2017 pilot, in which the OVO Foundation installed 20 solar systems in two of the poorest counties, Turkana and Kilifi. The success of this pilot demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of delivering off-grid solar and storage on a relatively small scale in the development sector.
By installing solar systems the project aims to bring electricity to hard to reach areas that are currently off-grid or do not have access to reliable energy sources. The power will be used for educational equipment such as tablets and computers, helping to bridge the rural and urban digital divide, as well as lighting in health clinics which is especially important in a country where maternal mortality is more than double the global average.
Project Jua is now expanding to five counties where electrification is far below the national average of 56%, Turkana, Kwale, Taita-Taveta, Kilifi, and Isiolo.
Gaby Sethi, Head of OVO Foundation and CSR, said “At OVO Foundation we share OVO’s vision to power human progress with clean and affordable energy. Energy is an enabler that lays the foundation for effective and meaningful human development; without it, not much else is possible. We’re delighted to be benefiting 300,000 people over the course of three years, whilst helping to progress three of the Sustainable Development Goals and supporting the Kenyan government’s national electrification project. By lighting rooms and powering equipment, we are creating a safer environment for those accessing healthcare services and helping bridge the rural/urban digital divide in education.”