Kenya Green Mini Grid Facility – DFID
The Green Mini Grid Fund (GMG) is a EU30M venture grant facility, funded by DFID, and designed to enhance access to energy in Kenya by strengthening private investment in renewable energy-based mini grids. The program is overseen by AFD (Agence Francaise Developpement) and managed by a consortium of 3 entities: IED, a French renewable energy engineering, policy and implementation firm; I-DEV, the finance and business/commerce expert and Practical Action, the community engagement, activation and impact M&E expert. This group, the Managing Entity, is tasked with 1) developing the sector/business ecosystem to allow green mini grid companies to thrive, 2) providing technical assistance support to vetted and approved green mini grid operators; and 3) directly funding approved green mini grid operators, following a professional due diligence process led by I-DEV. Key objectives over the 3-5 year implementation period include: 1) establishment of 100,000 new household connections to green mini grid-based energy, 2) support and strengthening of 15 green mini grid operators in Kenya to ensure long-term sustainability; and 3) pilot, test and develop scalable and replicable models for viable green mini grid sectors in Kenya and across Sub-Saharan Africa.