OVO Foundation brings wider affordable energy to Kenya

OVO Foundation (OVO Energy's charity arm) has announced it has increased its investment in Project Jua, an electrification project that will reach 300,000 people across 300 sites in Kenya in three years.

With £1.75m funding, OVO hopes to increase access to affordable and reliable energy in sub-Saharan Africa electrifying over 300 schools and health clinics.

Project Jua supports the Kenyan Government’s overall electrification programme and helps the country leapfrog the need to power their lives from centralised polluting fossil fuel plants through innovative off-grid solutions. The project builds on its 2017 pilot, where OVO installed 20 solar systems in two of the poorest counties in Kenya: Turkana and Kilifi. The success of this pilot demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of delivering off-grid solar and storage on a relatively small scale in the development sector, and now Project Jua is now expanding to five counties with the additional funding.

Gaby Sethi, Head of OVO Foundation and CSR, said: “We’re delighted to be benefiting 300,000 people over the course of three years, whilst helping to progress three of the Sustainable Development Goals, and supporting the Kenyan government’s national electrification project. By lighting rooms and powering equipment, we are creating a safer environment for those accessing healthcare services and helping bridge the rural/urban digital divide in education.”

OVO Foundation is the sole funder of the project and is supported by over 80,000 OVO Energy customers who donate each month by adding at least 25p to their monthly statement. OVO Foundation will partner with not-for-profit Energy 4 Impact to deliver the project.

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