28 Nov 2019

Murang'a Hydro Innovator Wins International Backing

28 Nov 2019  by JAMES KARIUKI   
An off-grid hydropower project started by a Murang’a entrepreneur John Magiro has won the 2019 EDF Pulse Africa third prize.

Mr John Magiro at his power house in Ngondo river, Mathioya SubCounty. PHOTO | NDUNGU GACHANE

Chair of the EDF Pulse Africa jury Marianne Laigneau said EDF will support project owners over the long — term and forge collaborative ties that promote EDF investments in Africa.

Mr Magiro’s commercialised innovation was singled out as a major enabler to enhancing access to green energy for rural communities in Murang’a in the off-grid electricity generation category.

The start-up manufactures and installs small standard and modular hydropower plants (so called because they fit into containers) with a generation capacity ranging from 100 kilowatts to 5 megawatts depending on the flow of the river and slope of the site.

Mr Magiro’s hydroelectric project provides reliable and low-cost power to 250 homes.

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