African Development Bank's SEFA grant to support first Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) in East Africa

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) ( https://bit.ly/39fnc7x ) has announced a $1 million grant to support the government of Kenya to create a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO). The Super ESCO, to be run by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, will develop and implement energy efficiency projects for both the public and private sectors.

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Super ESCOs are vehicles for channelling funds into public sector energy efficiency investments such as hospitals, schools, and street lighting, laying the foundation for private investment later in the commercial and industrial sectors.

The SEFA grant will support the training of a dedicated team within the Kenya Power and Lighting Company’s Institute of Energy Studies and Research to operate as a Super ESCO, in addition to support for private ESCOs in Kenya to develop their Energy Performance Contract services.

“The Kenya Power and Lighting Company Super ESCO will allow Kenya to not only improve efficient utilization of energy in the public sector, but also enable a vibrant and sustainable energy efficiency service market which will create jobs and promote investment in energy efficiency,” said Dr Jeremiah Kiplagat , Director of the KPLC Institute of Energy Studies and Research.

Kenya’s Super ESCOs will enable the Kenya Power and Lighting Company to gain the relevant expertise which will build market demand and lay the foundation for more ESCOs and ultimately more private investment in energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial sectors.

“The Super ESCO to be run by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company is the first initiative of its kind in East Africa. We expect that Kenya’s lead will trigger the uptake of the Super ESCO model in other countries in the region. The African Development Bank looks forward to supporting other countries to develop their energy efficiency market,” said Nnenna Nwabufo, Director General, East Africa Region, African Development Bank.

The government of Kenya considers energy efficiency a priority area of improvement in its efforts to enhance the quality of life of its citizens. The Kenya National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy formulated in 2020 pursues, among many other sectoral objectives, the creation and implementation of various energy efficiency business models.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Media Contact: Gershwin Wanneburg Communication and External Relations Department African Development Bank Email: g.wanneburg@afdb.org

Technical Contact: Luc Kevo Tossou Principal Investment Officer/Energy Efficiency Specialist PERN2 African Development Bank Email: k.tossou@afdb.org

About the African Development Bank Group: The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 34 African countries with an external office in Japan, the AfDB contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: www.AfDB.org .

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