Fishermen On Wasini Island Benefit From Solar Plants

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Kenya Power has initiated a solar mini-grid project in the southern Kenyan county of Kwale, on Wasini Island, in the Mukwiro Village. The mini-grid, which is anticipated to support 468 households, has a solar plant capacity of 737 kWp, a 70 kVA diesel engine, 1,820 solar panels, and 247 lead-acid batteries with a total capacity of 2276 kWh.

Fishermen on Wasini Island benefit from solar plants

The World Bank is funding this, the region’s first electrical installation since independence, in partnership with the Kwale County government, with the goal of fostering the Wasini Island fishing sector and generating employment possibilities. The project is a part of the Kenya Energy Modernization Project (KEMP), which attempts to improve the ability of underprivileged populations to obtain energy, particularly those who reside in peri-urban and off-grid areas. Wasini Island has good levels of solar insolation that enable the production of solar energy, hence promoting sustainable development on a local level. The fishermen suffered losses as a result of having to sell their catch at throwaway price due to a lack of electricity storage facilities.

After a lengthy discussion and the REREC team’s invitation to the Kwale governor’s offices in the Matuga constituency, Governor Fatuma Achani granted title deeds to the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy project, enabling it to proceed. Wasini Island’s population, which is unable to pay for energy to run machinery for processing and manufacturing enterprises, had fallen into poverty. Lack of electricity had caused Wasini Island to lag behind in terms of socioeconomic growth. Achani said the initiative will change everything and improve the quality of life for the fishermen on Wasini Island.

Fishermen on Wasini Island

No longer constrained by the whims of erratic power grids, fishermen in Wasini island can now preserve their bounty effectively, ensuring their catches reach markets at optimal times and prices. This newfound stability not only safeguards their livelihoods but also injects vitality into local economies. As the fishing industry flourishes, so too does social and economic growth ripple throughout these coastal regions.

The community once shackled by poverty and uncertainty now embrace a future brimming with opportunity and prosperity. With enhanced bargaining power and increased revenues, fishermen can reinvest in their businesses, expand their operations, and provide better futures for their families. Moreover, the ripple effects extend beyond the shores, fostering a climate of entrepreneurship and development that uplifts the entire community.

In the wake of this renewable energy revolution, a brighter tomorrow dawns for fishermen and coastal communities alike, illuminating pathways to sustainable progress and shared prosperity.

Thanks to Fatuma Achani.