Wind power technology for mini-grids in rural Africa

This project analyses the market for a partly locally produced kW-scale wind turbine to be integrated into a PV mini-grid for rural electrification in Kenya, in order to reduce the cost of electricity and support local value creation

The long-term objectives of the project are to contribute to poverty reduction, stimulate economic growth and increase the supply of sustainable energy. The short- to medium-term objective is to explore the market potential and learn more about how to design solutions and business models that are suitable for rural electrification. The project will therefore conduct a market study, engage in dialogue with local communities and authorities, and demonstrate the technical, social and economic feasibility of integrating a kW wind turbine into a smart solar-powered mini-grid in Kenya.

The project will also produce and assemble key components of the demonstration wind turbine and will work to improve the mini-grid sector in both Kenya and the wider region. The aim is that the knowledge generated through these activities will help develop the concept into a viable business model for the private companies involved, thus paving the way for large-scale deployment of wind power in rural area.

The project is a partnership between SustainableEnergy, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Technical University of Denmark, Kenya Climate Innovation Center and Rural Electrification Authority. Funding comes from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark through the Danida Market Development Partnerships programme.

It contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:



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Focus area: Business Models and Markets, Developing private sector analysis and business plans

Country / Region: Kenya

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