Shompole Solar Mini-Grid Project
- The project is located in the south of the country in Kenyas Rift Valley. Shompole is 10km from e4D’s other project in Oloika. Both projects are located in Kajiado country, very near to Magadi town and are currently registered as one cooperative society.
- The project is joint funded by Energy for Development (e4D), who provided the generation costs and civil work, and the Rural Electrification Authority (REA), Kenya, who provided the distribution grid.
Benefits to the community
- Up to 5000 local people in the Shompole/Oloika area can benefit from electrical services. The school, health center and 20 businesses have round-the-clock stable electricity, allowing them to provide services such as food refrigeration, lighting and phone and battery charging facilities.
- Rechargeable battery packs are being sold by the Co-operative to individual households for lighting and other appliances.
- The solar plant is operated and maintained by the local Co-operative, creating employment and providing economic revenue as well as social and humanitarian benefits to the local population.
- 8.4kWp installed PV
- 38.4kWh battery storage
- One 5kW inverter
- Office space for cooperative
- Future proof design for incorporating national grid if it was to arrive
- The solar plant employs an alternative design for the solar canopy, which makes use of slimmer mounting structure for the solar panels with the container acting as the main structural support, which further reduced the cost of the project.
Solar Plant Local Contact Details
- Ewangan Shompole Solar Cooperative Ltd, Shompole Market, Shompole West, Kajiado County, Kenya