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Bringing affordable energy and clean drinking water to low-income communities

  • Company
  • Energy
  • East Africa
  • 2019
  • Active

The challenge

In Kenya, three million people lack access to reliable energy and clean drinking water. As a result, 75% of rural African families spend up to 50% of their disposable income on kerosene and 80% of illnesses in Kenya are related to problems with unsafe water, sanitation or hygiene.

The innovation

RVE.SOL constructs off-grid electricity generators – powered almost entirely by renewable energy such as solar, biomass and hydropower—in rural Kenyan communities. RVE.SOL also uses energy from its KUDURA mini-grids to create and sell purified drinking water in the rural communities where it operates.

The impact

RVE.SOL has served over 2,100 customers across Kenya – 71% of whom live on less than $3.10 per day. The company has reduced its customers’ energy costs by 75%.