14 Sep DREAM EP GLOBAL ENERGY AIMS AT TAKING UP RESPONSIBILITY OF EXPANDING ENERGY ACCESS IN KISUMU COUNTY.
The County Government of Kisumu through the Department of Business, Energy and Industrialization is banking on an ambitious renewable energy project in its bid to amplify sustainable power production. This is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 and The National Government’s Big Four Agenda. Kisumu County enjoys high solar insulation rates with an average of 5-7 peak sunshine hours. Solar energy therefore provides an affordable option for rural electrification and decentralized applications such as street lighting, agriculture, rural water pumping and powering cottage industries. The Strategy for economic growth underpinned by energy self-sufficiency for Kisumu County has become further clear after holding talks with DREAM EP Global Energy (k) Ltd “DREAM Kenya”, a Kenyan subsidiary of EP Global Energy which is an award winning developer of transformational renewable energy assets in frontier markets. These talks were held yesterday in The Kisumu County office.
In a meeting with the County Government of Kenya yesterday, DREAM EP Global Energy’s managing director, Dr. Tara Lindstedt, in her presentation highlighted the success of the DREAM Kenya’s Showcases as proof of concept. She further stated that EP Global Energy is evaluating a number of Special Economic Zones in order to make significant investments in creating local assemblies and vocational training to deliver cost effective and high quality mini-grids for use in sustainable street lighting, economic vitalisation of urban and rural market places. Kisumu County team presented the vision for economic growth, and the county’s strategic plan for electricity and the parties agreed to continue discussions.
DREAM Kenya has been actively creating showcases such as the innovative solar mini-grids for street lighting in Marsabit and Moyale, the DREAM mini-grid on Remba Island, and the off-grid products to enable first time access to electricity in the challenge to eradicate Kerosene, Paraffin, and Diesel consumption for lighting and device charging.
Also present in the meeting were CECM Lands and Housing, Mr. Dickson Obungu, CECM Energy, Trade and Industrialization, Madam Alice Moraa, Ag. Chief Officer Lands, Mr. Steve Gome and The Director Protocol Bob Madanji, who collectively elaborated on the investment readiness of Kisumu county and enthusiasm of Kisumu County government to partner in such a collaboration and to ensure this venture selects Kisumu special free zone as its investment destination.
As a government we are ready to proactively engage like-minded investors to rapidly establish access to cost effective, reliable and abundant power, as part of a wider scheme to make Kisumu an investment ready county.