Job Scam Alert

08 October 2019 | In The News

International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) and The INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT (“World Bank”) (jointly the ”World Bank Group”) have been made aware that various individuals or organizations are posting false job advertisements in the media and offering fraudulent letters of appointment on behalf of IFC, the World Bank, and/or the World Bank Group Lighting Africa program, including through a so-called organization “Solar … Read More

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Off-Grid Energy Has Key Role in Kenya’s New Electrification Strategy

21 December 2018 | In The News, Projects

Off-Grid energy’s tremendous impacts – and potential for more – have been recognized in the newly launched (December 2018) Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). KNES lays out a strategy for achieving universal electricity access for all Kenyans by 2022, which includes grid extension as well as off-grid solutions. The strategy, which was prepared with support … Read More

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Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) Flyer

21 December 2018 | Projects

The Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project for Underserved Counties (KOSAP) aims to increase access to modern energy services – electricity and modern cooking solutions– in households, businesses, and community and public facilities in fourteen underserved counties in Kenya.

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New Video: The Solar Story, Lighting Africa in Kenya

30 November 2018 | Program Information

In 2009, IFC/World Bank launched the Lighting Africa program in Kenya, with an objective of mobilizing the private sector to create markets for clean and affordable off-grid lighting products for rural communities not connected to the grid. At the time, Kenya had a national grid access rate of twenty-three percent, and only five percent connections … Read More

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BIMAS Kenya Ltd recognized among Top Companies in Kenya

04 February 2018 | Program Information

Microfinance institution and Lighting Africa/Kenya client BIMAS Kenya Ltd was recently recognized as one of the top 100 medium-sized companies in Kenya. This is the second time that the MFI entered the competition, making a significant jump from position 98 in 2011, to position 37 this year. The MFI works with the Lighting Africa/Kenya program … Read More

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Putting “Last-Mile” Consumers First in Kenya

09 November 2017 | Projects

When her neighbor’s house burned down in a kerosene lamp accident, Risper Onyong’e understood that she had to find an alternative source of lighting. Married with one child, this rice farmer in a small village in Kenya faced the same challenges as her neighbors with no access to the electricity grid. Onyong’e’s family relied on … Read More

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Narrowing the Energy Gap: Mobisol Receives IFC Investment Boost

26 January 2017 | Products & Quality Assurance, Program Information

Less than a quarter of households in Kenya are connected to the national electric grid, but solar energy solutions are narrowing the energy gap. Thirty percent of unconnected households are now using decentralized solar energy solutions – placing it among the countries with the highest rates of off-grid solar usage. This statistic is particularly striking … Read More

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Orb Energy Secures Funding to Replicate Indian Business Model in Kenya

06 February 2015 | Products & Quality Assurance

Orb Energy, manufacturer and distributor of solar energy systems, has received two million dollars ($2m) from the Dutch development finance institution, FMO, to replicate its India business model in Kenya. Orb works with national banks and micro-finance institutions in India to ensure that its customers receive credit to purchase its products. Orb, which entered the … Read More

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