Kenya electric power distribution company KPLC has released a tender to retrofit 23 diesel minigrid with solar and/or wind power.
The Kenya off-grid retrofitting programme plans to hybridise some of the existing remote power grids, some of which have been running since the early 1908s. Until recently, all sites were using diesel generators sets, though some do have an existing mix of solar and wind turbines.
The existing diesel generators range in capacity from 50kVA to 2,320kVA. Of the 23 minigrids, one is expected to be converted to a hybrid wind/solar generator, one to purely wind and the rest to solar PV. During the tendering of the works contracts, the stations will be packaged into various lots.
Deadline for the submission of hard copy applications is 2 March 2021, 10am EAT.
Applications for prequalification have to be addressed to the General Manager, Legal, Regulatory Affairs & Company Secretary, KPLC and delivered to the KPLC offices at Stima Plaza in Nairobi.
The government of the Republic of Kenya has received credit from the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) towards the cost of retrofitting of diesel minigrids with renewable energy. It intends that part of the proceeds of this credit will be applied to eligible payments under the retrofit project. The AFD is supporting the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Rural Electrification Agency and KPLC to transition existing sites to hybrid to maximise the use of renewables in order to lower fuel costs and carbon emissions.
More information available on the KPLC website.