Impact Technical Services, our service and maintenance division, has launched an awareness campaign to support a solar project in Kenya, after donating two simple toolkits and seeing how they are being used to transform a community in an initiative designed to improve the quality of life for thousands of people.
The team at Impact were approached by Dr Jon Cloke, Network Manager for the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network in the Geography Department at Loughborough University, who asked for support to kickstart a major solar project in Kenya.
The solar project involved building two solar hubs in two very poor communities in Kenya that were without electricity (Lemolo B and Echareria), to supply household lighting through a distributed battery system. It is currently supporting 50 families in each village, but has the potential to change the lives of over 2,000 residents.
Dr Jon Cloke, National Network Manager at Loughborough University expresses his gratitidue for Impact’s donation:
“It is no word of an exaggeration to say that the toolkits donated by Impact were vital to the project, and without them, building the solar hubs would have been very difficult, if not impossible.
Tony Bosworth, Operations Director at Impact said:
“It’s so important that as an industry, we work together to offer support for such major projects which change the lives of many – that is why we are spreading the word and asking organisations that are in a positon to offer their aid, to act fast and show their support.”
The solar hub is also providing power for income-earning opportunities, such as incubators, grain-milling, a barber’s shop, etc. to help the community raise its standard of living, and thus become self-sustaining.