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A bigger investment in skills development in solar market technology could help create jobs in countries such as Kenya through partnerships with foreign companies that control the industry, a United Nations agency has suggested.A study by Uneca showed earlier that a one-megawatt mini-grid plant creates about 800 full-time jobs in a year.
Shopkeepers in Nairobi import commodities in bulk from China, then sell them to other traders, sending parcels via bulk couriers to all parts of the country including to the neighboring countries of Uganda and South Sudan. What is, however, most noticeable in nearly all these shops are solar floodlights displayed prominently.
A young Kenyan who grew up without electricity, has developed a micro hydroelectric power device that delivers cheap, clean electricity for homes and businesses. It’s transforming rural, off-grid communities in his area.
The Green Mobility and Youth Employment initiative was kick-started recently by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Foundation. With a focus on women and youth, the project will encourage the use of electric motorcycles in urban and rural areas.
On Friday the 25 August 2023 at 21:45 the Kenyan national grid went down and the country suffered the longest blackout in recent years. An exception was the small market village of Kitonyoni in Makueni County, which is powered by a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant and a mini grid where the lights stayed on over the 20-hour period of the black out.
As demand for home-based solar solutions in Kenya surged, Chinese firms were eager to provide supportive infrastructure and know-how. The installed photovoltaic capacity in Kenya has risen to 210 megawatts, up from 170 megawatts in the middle of 2022.
Electricity distributor Kenya Power has announced plans to allow private companies to sell power directly to consumers. In a notice on Monday, the company invited bids from qualified electricity retail entities that will be allowed to sell the electricity on a commission basis.

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