Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) project

SERC was involved in the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) project titled: ‘Building capacity for enhancing bioenergy sustainability’ between 2018 and 2019 with support from United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

UNEP provided technical support to the participating research organizations on the meaning of and rationale behind the 24 indicators and their indicative methodological approaches; on how to adapt the indicators to the country context; and on how to implement the chosen methodologies.


Bioenergy analysis for 30 Tea Factories

SERC conducted a bioenergy analysis in 30 tea factories that  source fuelwood from third parties. This project was funded by DANIDA through Kenya Climate and Innovation Centre (KCIC). The goal of this research was to assist the tea factories in identifying drivers of heat energy cost and specify performance and spread of 30 factories linked to SDG 7 target 7.3 which is to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and SDG 12 which is to ensure sustainable consumption and production.

Research objectives were to review existing information and design an analytical framework covering:

  1. Fuelwood,
  2. alternative biomass fuels supply chains,
  3. onsite fuel logistics, and
  4. boiler operations.


Industrial Promotion Services 

Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) is the infrastructure and Industrial development arm of the AgaKhan Fund for Economic Development, which in turn is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network. IPS has made significant investments over the years in diverse manufacturing projects across a range of sectors in Kenya, continuing to address countries’ development needs in tandem with the local government.

Last year, before installing rooftop Solar PV systems in some of their facilities, IPS contracted Strathmore Energy Research Center (SERC) to train their staff to level Tier 3 to enable them design, install, operate, and maintain the PV systems. Twelve  staff members were trained.


ICIPE Customized Training

SERC was contracted by International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) to undertake a five-day Tier 3 Solar PV specialized training for their staff to enable them to operate andmaintain the PV systems. ICIPE has carried out many greening projects including an installation of a rooftop grid connected and hybrid solar PV system whose total capacity is 1,156.1kWp in both its Duduville and Thomas Odhiambo campuses. To date, with internal capacity, they can operate, maintain, and troubleshoot the systems.


KOSAP Training

The Ministry of Energy contracted SERC to provide a customized training under the Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP), for underserved counties. The training was financed by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya Power and Lighting Company and Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation. The training aimed to provide a comprehensive suite of investments on electricity services to households, enterprises and community facilities, and boreholes, with pragmatic business models to attract private sector investment, sustainable services, know-how and efficiencies.


Millenium Water Alliance Training

The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), through her flagship Kenya RAPID program, collaborated with Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) to train  nineteen solar practitioners from Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir on Solar PV level T1/T2. The training methodology used was mainly interactive and participatory, comprising of 14 days online training, 4-hours a day and 2 days’ hands-on physical practical exercises


PEER Project

In September 2014, Strathmore University through Strathmore Energy Research Centre received the Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) award to develop and implement a solar PV outreach training module for capacity building in East Africa. The project was funded by the United States Aid for International Development (USAID) through the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Solar Photovoltaics Training for Technicians in Rural Kenya (RAEng)

This  project is funded by Royal Academy of Engineering aiming to break down one of the barriers to adoption to solar PV products in Kenya –unskilled technicians. SERC seeks to do this by significantly increasing the number of skilled Solar PV technicians in the country through training two technicians (one woman and one man) per county from 30 counties in Solar PV Tier 1 and 2 level, Electrical Safety and soft skills including Design Thinking, Mental Health and Communication Skills


600kWp Grid Tie at Strathmore University
The 600 kWp grid connected Solar PV rooftop was completed and commissioned in June 2014. This project now caters for all the electricity needs of the university and excess power is sold to the national grid under the first signed power purchase agreement (PPA) with Kenya Power. The system is a pilot for electricity net metering in Kenya and serves as a demonstrational unit for practical training of professionals, Solar technicians and students.


KWS Kisite Ranger Outpost

The Mpungti Island outpost is used by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to patrol the Kistite Marine Park and Natur Reserve area. To appreciate the protective work of the KWS, Strathmore Energy donated a small 200 Watt PV system for the outpost. Officers on duty can now use basic electrical utilities like lighting, television, cell phone and radio charging.  As with all SERC pilots, the project was accompanied by a Solar PV training for a group of KWS officers who were also actively involved in the installation of the PV system. See gallery.


10 kWp Solar Carport System
With the support of the German Development Cooperation, SERC has also commissioned a 10kWp grid-tied carport system at the university campus. This system not only provides additional energy but also serves as an example for architectural integration of Solar PV.


PEER Project
Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) funded by USAID in collaboration with GIZ and SERC are championing the implementation of the Solar PV outreach training. In two years over six hundred technicians were trained with the T1,T2 course. With technical and logistic assistance by SERC, more than dozen Technical Training Institutes implemented  Solar PV training (T1,T2) at their facilities. In two years over six hundred technicians were trained as Solar installers in various Kenyan counties.


Solar Street Lighting in Kakuma Refugee Camp
A field study was carried out for the GIZ to assess the required number and best location of Solar powered street lights for the Kakuma Refugee Camp. The aim was to provide a detailed plan including GPS coordinates for an envisaged street lighting system. The study included a viability assessment of solar stand alone street lights,  risk analysis and recommendations on the most suitable approach for each specific area. A detailed bill of quantities and cost estimates enabled GIZ to decide on the most relevant approach and the financial dimensions for the procurement and installation of a solar street lighting system.