In Kenya GoSol is currently piloting its innovative solar technology in the Kakuma refugee camp and communities in the Kisumu area. Sponsored by Wärtsilä corporation and in cooperation with World Vision, this project enables solar entrepreneurship in high-impact areas where people are in dire need of a clean and affordable energy solution.
The project started in 2016 when two GoSol SOL5 units were built locally and installed at local communities in cooperation with World Vision and their Weconomy program. Since then, our SOL5 Roaster is helping the Yier Ngima’s women’s cooperative to roast peanut, saving them money that before they spent on charcoal. Another SOL5 was installed at the Koptige Bakery, a local community owned business that was suffering from the unreliable and costly power supply.
This year we are back in Kenya, following up with additional pilots in the region and entering for the first time the Kakuma refugee camp, a refugee camp hosting more than 150 000 inhabitants. We are keen to see how the GoSol technology can be utilized to reduce energy poverty in the camp and improve people’s lives. There will also be additional pilots in the Kisumu region, where we are piloting additional applications of our technology apart from baking and roasting.