The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) in which the British government will commit £30 million (approx Ksh 3.9 billion) towards the Green Mini Grid (GMG) programme.
This programme is designed to mobilize private sector investment in mini grids that will help communities in rural and remote areas to access clean, sustainable and off-grid energy.
The document was signed on behalf of the United Kingdom by DFID Kenya’s Head of Office, Pete Vowles, and AFD’s Regional Director, Bruno Deprince.
The Green Mini Grid programme will provide financial incentives for private operators to develop and implement green mini grids. It will also offer technical assistance to support the development of this market.
The programme is aiming to reach 1.1 million people in both Kenya and Tanzania. It is hoped that 500 new jobs will be created in a strengthened green mini-grids sector in East Africa.