Kenya to set up 136 solar mini-grids for off-grid communities

Kenya will be setting up 136 solar-powered mini-grids in remote regions that are not adequately supplied by the national electricity grid.

The new solar mini grids are part of a $150 million World Bank-funded scheme. The networks, powered by solar panels, employ batteries and backup generators to produce electricity that is independent of the larger national grids. Despite the fact that Kenya generates a substantial portion of its electricity from renewable sources such as hydropower and geothermal, the country has hundreds of diesel-powered producing units due to years of drought.