Success story in Kenya : The Green Mini Grid Facility (GMG)

The Green Mini Grid Facility (GMG) is a Grant Program established in Kenya in 2016 funded by UK Aid (DfID) with 9.1M GBP and European Union Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-AITF) with 5,6M Euro. The mini grids contribute towards Kenya’s National Electrification Strategy to provide universal access to modern energy. 


Powergen mini grid in tea estate in Kericho county

The Facility is implemented by the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) and the management of the program is contracted to IED in partnership with Practical Action Consultants and I-DEV, bringing in social economic and financial expertise.


Powerhive mini grid in Kisii county

GMG has provided Technical Assistance and grant support to private developers investing in the design, construction, and operation of green mini grids in Kenya. IED has supported the preparation of the grant agreements and their implementation, with support of an Independent Verification Agent. The programme also involve private developers including Powerhive, PowerGen, RVE Sol and Renewvia.


REV Sol village in Busia

By mid 2022 just over 60 sites in different counties in Kenya in the western and northern regions were constructed with over 13,000 connections. All mini grids are solar powered with a total of 2100 kWp installed and 6800 kWh battery storage, initially lead acid but the new sites all use the lithium type. Developers have been active in stimulating the uptake of electricity for chicken breeding, water pumping, milling, e-cooking and e-vehicles. The Mini-grids contribute locally to provide stable energy and develop income generating activities enhancing people life. Thus it is a successful program in terms of models proven and people reached: an extension of the GMG is currently under preparation to complete the program and add about 20 new sites and 5,000 connections and that means many more income generating activities prospects upcoming!


RVE sol mini grid station in Busia county

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Practical training for the operation of biomass gasification plants for IED Côte d'Ivoire staff in Cambodia

Elysée Yao and Karim Karidioula, 2 engineers from IED Côte d'Ivoire office in Abidjan, started a week ago a practical training with the teams of IED Invest Cambodia, who operate the gasification plants of Angkor Chum and Sra Emm.


Over the next three months, they will be trained to the operation and maintenance of the facilities, to work on the development of operating procedures and training materials in French, but will also participate in the realization of new tests of adaptation of gasifiers to the cashew nuts shell and the optimization of gas treatment.


This in-house skills building  aims to set up a qualified technical team based in West Africa. They will thus be able to effectively support the AGROGAZELEC project supported by the Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial (FFEM) fund, consisting in technology transfer from Cambodia to West Africa in order to promote the development of a local industrial sector as well as a first pilot power plant for the agro-industrial TOLARO, with the OCEF - Off Grid Clean Energy Facility / Millennium Challenge Account - Benin II (MCA-Benin II) facility support.

We wish a good Cambodian adventure to our 2 Ivorian engineers!

The inauguration of the Mbakaou power plant in the news headlines !

Closing a 2 years construction period, the 10 years project IED Invest's Mbakaou power plant was inaugurated on April 14, 2022 by the Minister of Water and Energy of Cameroon, Mr. Gaston Eloundou Essomba.

With a production capacity of 1.4MW, the electricity generated by the Mbakaou power plant now benefits the city of Tibati and the surrounding localities. The stability and continuity of the plant's energy supply makes it possible to boost the income-generating activities of the localities served and to improve the lives of the inhabitants.

The inauguration gathered a crowd of people and did the headlines of the national press.



Inauguration of the Mbakaou Small Hydroelectric Power Plant: it’s today !


IED worlwide team is proud to announce the inauguration today Thursday, April 14, 2022 of the small hydroelectric power plant of Mbakaou in Cameroon, in the presence of the Minister of Energy of Cameroon, the Ambassador of the European Union, as well as many Cameroonian personalities institutions and partners representatives of this beautiful project.

IED supports the development of a biomass power plant in Otjikoto, Namibia

With proven specific expertise in the study, design, implementation and operation of biomass power plants, IED and its partners have been selected to provide support to AFD and Nampower for the development of the Otjikoto biomass power plant in Namibia.

Namibia is currently facing a range of economic, environmental and energy challenges. From an energy perspective, Namibia imports more than 77% of its national electricity consumption. On the environmental front, the "Encroacher bush" the invasive vegetation, endangers about 45 million hectares of land, with impacts on biodiversity, water management and rural agriculture. In addition, poverty and unemployment affect 47% of the population living mainly in rural areas.

Bush encroachment

(Photo courtesy DAS)

Energy recovery from invasive vegetation would allow Namibia to increase its energy security and contribute to rural economic development while having a positive impact on the environment. 

It is in this context that Namibia's national electricity company, Nampower, plans to build and operate the Otjikoto Biomass Power Plant (OBPS), a 40 MWe power plant that will generate electricity by burning wood chips from the invasive bush ("encroacher bush"), harvested from the areas surrounding the project site.

After carrying out numerous technical, environmental and social studies, Nampower is in the process of launching tenders for EPC and fuel supply contracts. As for AFD, it is currently investigating a loan to Nampower to finance part of the production plant. On the other hand, the sustainability of the fuel supply chain is a key factor in the success of OBPS and other similar projects.  Aware of this point, NamPower, accompanied by AFD, plans to submit a grant application to the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) to ensure the long-term sustainability of the exploitation of the invasive bush  while maximizing the positive social impacts of the project.

In line with these elements, IED and its partners therefore have the mission to:

  • Prepare the examination of the FFEM grant application presented to the FFEM Steering Committee of August 2022;
  • Assist AFD in the due diligence of the OBPS project to address the specific concerns raised by AFD's credit committee.

The consortium formed and led by IED, brings together all the expertise necessary to carry out this project with the expertise of Nitidae's supply chain, INSUCO's environmental and social impact studies and Maxime Droit's design and operation of biomass power plants. A consortium supported by the local expertise of Werner Petrick (Namisun), who also participated in the realization of the social and environmental study of the OBPS project.