Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Community Solar Project Launched

YES Kenya News
Community Solar Project Launched!
Nairobi, Wednesday 31st March 2010
A partnership Project between YES Kenya and Solar Aid Kenya

The most talked about Solar Entrepreneurship Project finally came to being when the first two projects of the Community Solar Initiative were officially inaugurated yesterday 30th March 2010 in Kitui West Constituency, Eastern Province at St. Bridgits Syomunyu Girls Secondary School and Muvitha Secondary School. And now over 1000 families can benefit from the projects.
Kitui West Constituency is an electoral constituency in Kenya. It is one of four constituencies in Kitui District. The constituency was established for the 1966 elections.

After YES Kenya and Solar Aid agreed to work together during the Rework the World Meeting in Daresalaam it took close to one year before Solar Aid International Established its office base in Nairobi. It took two site visits, four meetings with Young Solar Entrepreneurs in both Kitui East and Kitui Central Cnstitutencies where the pilote Sunny Money Energy Kiosks are going to be established.

We also held a meeting with School and Clinic Heads who received application forms to apply for the institutional Soalar Pannels. The applications from the schools and clinics were brilliant and in two weeks record, the first two inaugural panels have been installed and ready to use. Each school is expected to set up a business social enterprise that will self sustain the projects and create revenue streams for the schools. The two schools will integrate Mobile Phone charging, hair cutting business and also small scale printing and photocopy services.

During the official inauguration ceremonies the community members were present, local leaders, youth and other stakeholders. The celebrations were mered with song and dance with the community happy that light had finally come closer to then and that the services they have been getting hundreds of kilometers away are now close to them.

In attendance was Mr. Jeremy Leged, the Chariman of the Board of Directors of Solar Aid and also Solar Century (UK), John Keane the Programs Manager for Solar Aid in Africa, Miguel Remirez the Project Manger for Solar Aid Kenya and the the Hon. Charles Nyamai the area Member of Parliarment.

All the leaders praised Solar Aid in Partnership with YES Kenya and the local leadership for starting up the project in the community. The Member of Parliament promised to subsidize the costs of the Solar Products for home Use by contributing an amount of 300 shillings per home that wil buy the products. He also promised to invest Kshs 5 Million for the Investment Projects that YES Kenya in partnership with other institutions will initiate in the Constituency to make it a Model Development Constituency in the region.

The Young Solar Entrepreneurship project is one of the Flagship projects of YES Kenya, that seeks to extingusish 1 million Kerosene Lamps in Kenya and create jobs for the youth as part of the Rework the world Initiative. This will be done through Entrepreneurship trainings, Renewable Energy initiatives, Solar Lamps Distribution Networks among others. The Pilotes are set to be Launched in different parts of Kenya the initial ones including Kitui, Bondo, and Western Kenya before July 2010.

YES Kenya would like to thank Solar Aid International for the initiative and would like to welcome other partners to invest in its ritch national Youth Network to create green jobs for the youth in the spirit of Reworking the World.

Kitui District- Position and Size 
Kitui district is one of the 13 districts of Eastern Province. It is located in the southern part of Kenya. It borders Machakos and Makueni districts to the west, Mwingi District to the north, Tana River district to the east and Taita Taveta district to the south. The district covers an area of approximately 20, 402 km2 including 6,90.3 km2 occupied by the uninhabited Tsavo National Park. The district is divided into 10 divisions 57 locations and 187 sub-locations. There are 4 parliamentary constituencies in the district. These are Kitui Central, Kitui West, Mutitu and Kitui South. There are two local authorities, namely Kitui County Council and Kitui Municipal Council. The total population of Kitui District is approximately 515,000.

Photos from the events will be posted in a short while.


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