Powerhive ends Kenya Power’s distribution monopoly

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The government of Kenya has awarded a power distribution license to Powerhive East Africa a wholly owned subsidiary of US microgrid solutions provider Powerhive Inc effectively bringing to an end the local power utilities monopoly in the distribution of power.

The license allows Powerhive to generate, distribute and sell electricity in Kisii and Nyamira counties in the west of the country. It however restricts the company to rural areas not covered by the national grid.

Powerhive had successfully concluded a pilot project over the last 2 years in which they generated 0.08MW that benefited 1,500 people.

The company is banking on First Solar Inc a leading provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions to generate energy from the sun and meet a growing demand for power in rural Kenya.

First Solar is a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions with more than 10 gigawatts (GW) installed worldwide. First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed, and currently operates many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants in existence.

The signing of the license it is believed will set the stage for other investors to enter into the  power generation and distributon field

1 thought on “Powerhive ends Kenya Power’s distribution monopoly”

  1. Thanks for the power hive east africa for
    the movee on electricity you are generating….we feel the impact

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