The solar nanogrid (SONG) initiative is being developed by power firm Intasave Energy, part of the Intasave-Caribsave Group, a NGO.
Each of the two solar nanogrids in the Kenyan villages of Lemolo B and Echareria consists of a 3 kWp-5 kWp inverterless solar hub and local network, supplying power to around 60 households.
The nanogrids were installed over the past two weeks, Intasave said.
Initial support for the scheme included $600,000 in R&D funds from the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and the Department for International Development. In addition, the two installations in Kenya were supported through $100,000 in crowdfunding.
Intasave aims to raise another $30 million through a global impact investment initiative and a Green/Climate Bond programme, with the eventual goal of installing solar nanogrids in around 1500 communities in Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique over the next two years.à‚