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Press release: Energy 4 Impact and OVO Foundation launch electrification project in schools and clinics in Kenya

Energy 4 Impact has partnered with OVO Foundation, OVO Energy’s charity, to launch a pioneering new project to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in schools and health clinics in Kenya.
The new partnership supports OVO Foundation’s ambition to help inspiring organisations make smart ideas happen, and provide people with clean and renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, OVO Foundation successfully funded a Cool Earth project to introduce energy efficient stoves to communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which resulted in 50 per cent reduction in firewood.
The ground breaking project will work in two of the least developed counties in Kenya, Turkana and Kilifi, to install at least twenty solar PV systems in schools and health clinics that currently lack adequate electricity supply. The selected institutions in these two counties are among the least likely to be connected to the grid, and therefore decentralised off grid projects are the solution to introducing local people to electricity supplies.
Energy 4 Impact was selected as the OVO Foundation’s local partner to undertake a needs assessment throughout both counties and select institutions accordingly, in order to guarantee high impact.
Gaby Sethi, Head of OVO Foundation and CSR, OVO Foundation, said: “It’s not right that 1.2 billion people around the world don’t have access to electricity, leaving schools and health clinics off the grid. OVO Foundation views energy as one of life’s essentials and is passionate about supporting projects that provide people with access to reliable, renewable and sustainable energy.
“We’re pleased to announce the partnership with Energy 4 Impact and launch a new project that introduces a reliable supply of electricity in off-grid areas to help improve learning environments for children, as well as strengthen health services for communities.”
Nearly 60 per cent of all schools in sub-Saharan Africa are private; and as governmentfunding is not currently awarded to private schools, this is an area where the partnershipcan make a real difference. By powering schools and health clinics, the project’s impactcould lead to improved education outcomes, a safer environment for children to study atnight, and a reliable electricity supply for vaccines and medical equipment.
The partnership aims to install at least twenty solar PV systems by the end of 2017, beforeexpanding to other areas of Kenya in 2018.
Ben Good, Chief Executive Officer, Energy 4 Impact, said: “We’re very excited to partnerwith OVO Foundation, an organisation that has a history of making innovative projectshappen in places where communities need it most. The OVO Foundation’s supportensures that these schools and health clinics will soon be able to benefit from a reliablesource of electricity. Combined with Energy 4 Impact’s business and technical expertiseon the ground, we hope that the new project will bring long-term sustainable benefits tothe local communities and help improve their future outlooks through energyempowerment.

About OVO Foundation
OVO Foundation is OVO Energy’s charity. It was created in 2014 to expand OVO Energy’scharitable giving and bring caring closer to home. OVO Foundation’s mission is to supportinspiring organisations with smart ideas in three areas: youth poverty, education, andenergy and the environment. At the heart of it all is our mission to give young people abetter future. Over 66,000 OVO Energy customers choose to donate to OVO Foundationeach month by adding at least 25p to their monthly statement. OVO Energy matches allcustomer donations doubling the power of what we can achieve together.
The OVO Charitable Foundation (“OVO Foundation”) is a registered charity – its charityregistration number is 1155954.
To learn more, visit www.ovoenergy.com/foundation
About Energy 4 Impact
Energy 4 Impact is a non-profit organisation working with local businesses to extendaccess to energy in Africa, impacting the quality of life of millions of people. Theorganisation works in East and West Africa and operates from regional offices, with itshead office in London. Formerly known as GVEP International, Energy 4 Impact wasregistered as a UK charity in 2007. It evolved from a partnership between the World Bank,UNDP and other bi-lateral donors, launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002.
To learn more, visit www.energy4impact.org

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