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Energy insecurity in rural Kenya
Today, approximately 70% of the population in Kenya enjoys access to electricity, a result of successful government initiatives in recent decades aimed at boosting electricity coverage. However, electricity growth rates have somewhat plateaued in recent years. Furthermore, the electrification rate says nothing about the reliability, affordability and sustainability of the electricity.
In reality, many Kenyans, particularly in rural areas, still do not have access to electricity. Others have access to electricity but face a highly unreliable supply due to long transmission lines. This ultimately leads to low electricity consumption and continued dependence on fossil fuels.
The story of Baricho
Availability and reliability of electricity are also a challenge in Baricho, a rural village located in the Mount Kenya Region, central Kenya. Many households in the village are not or only minimally connected to the grid due to high connection fees that must be paid to the national electricity company. Schools, health facilities and businesses that are connected, still frequently face power outages that can last for several days. To mitigate power outages, diesel generators are sometimes used, but this is not a sustainable solution due to the high costs and accompanying CO2 emissions.
As a result, economic growth is slow in Baricho as people do not invest in electrical equipment due to the poor state of the electricity supply.
Hydrobox brings light to Baricho!
Hydrobox is building a medium-sized hydropower plant to generate about 100kW of electricity for the community of Baricho. As a result, households, schools, businesses and healthcare facilities will increase their use of electricity thanks to access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy. This, in turn, will lead to investments in electrical appliances, boosting their productivity and income.
Connection goals for the Mwangaza plant