In support of a 10MW grid-connected municipal waste-to-energy plant in Kenya, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $995,000 grant to Asticom Kenya Ltd.
The SEFA grant will fund the cost of conducting a full environmental and social impact assessment, detailed engineering designs, and provide project-related legal advisory services, as well as financial and transaction advisory services.
The pilot project will be located in Kabira, a suburb of Nairobi, and will generate electricity from municipal solid waste by converting them to biogas, fuel ethanol.
The planned diversion and use of municipal solid waste will have significant health, social and development outcomes, and will be of benefit to the inhabitants of Kabira − a community that receives 1,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste daily from the Nairobi County.
For instance, local dwellers will be contracted in the sorting of the municipal waste, thereby providing them with additional employment and income.
How it works
According to Asticom, the project is based on three specific forms of biomass; municipal solid waste, agricultural crop residues and livestock waste or manure.
The target areas have been subdivided into two regions, urban and rural settings. The urban regions will include Ngong and Kitengela towns (generating 700 tonnes of waste per day) from Kajiado County; Kibera and Kawangware (~600 tonnes/day) from Nairobi County, and Mombasa town (~2700 tonnes/day). Read more: Biomass shows promise of indirect industry growth
The rural regions will include the mainly agricultural western regions, comprising the sugarcane growing counties of Homabay, Kisumu, Kakamega and Bungoma (4,000-7,000 tonnes/day of sugar cane waste).
SEFA has clear vision
The project aligns with the Bank’s High 5 development priorities and in particular, the agenda to Light Up and Power Africa, the 10-Year Strategy, the Private Sector Development Strategy (2013-2017), the Energy Sector Policy 2012, and the New Deal on Energy for Africa.
It is also in line with Kenya’s National Development Plan and the African Development Bank’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Kenya, which prioritises the “enabling of physical infrastructure to unleash inclusive growth”.
SEFA is hosted by the Renewable Energy Department of the African Development Bank.