Nairobi, Kenya – The Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya (GMG Facility), a financing program aiming at the promotion of private initiatives in green mini-grids has today launched its second call for proposals in August 2018. The GMG Facility supports mini grid projects and ultimately enhancing access to energy, supporting economic development while improving the wellbeing of the most vulnerable populations in Kenya.
Starting in 2016, IED engaged with stakeholders in Kenya and launched the first call for proposals resulting in technical assistance and grant awards. Technical assistance was provided to developers of green mini-grid projects. The TA includes feasibility studies, demand assessments, tariff studies, business and financial modeling, environmental impact assessment, and community advisory services. Eur5million in grant funding is under contract with an additional Eur3.9 grant funds available to provide assistance to GMG projects.
About the Green Mini Grid Facility Kenya
The GMG Facility is funded by DFID and co-funded by the European Union Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, and provides grants and technical assistance for promoting private sector mini grid development in Kenya. The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is the implementing partner of the Facility. AFD has contracted with Innovation Energie Développement (IED), and is leading the day to day operations of the Facility as the Managing Entity, in association with I-DEV and Practical Action Consulting.
The Kenyan Constitution recognizes access to energy as a basic human right. Subsequently, the Kenyan Government is committed to ensuring that all Kenyans have this access by the year 2020, in line with Vision 2030. The GMG Facility was established to support the Government’s commitment towards Kenya’s electrification, and is expected to transform the lives of no less than 100,000 Kenyans who currently do not have access to modern energy services.
The GMG Facility is providing Output-based Grants and Technical Assistance to mini grid developers in Kenya. These Investment and Connection-based Grants will help developers scale their ongoing projects, whereas the Technical Assistance provides support to mini-grid developers during feasibility, development and execution phases of mini grid development.
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For more information on the GMG Facility Kenya visit: www.gmgfacilitykenya.org