SERC offers project development services in the design, development and implementation of both renewable and conventional energy projects. Due to the low efficiency of energy expertise in East Africa SERC provides professional and technical project development services by consolidating a pool of local and international experts from various fields who will apply their unique skills in providing solutions for energy-related problems in the region.
In the past two years, SERC has been able to offer project development services to various projects.
EmPOWERing Africa Project.
A collaboration between (IESE/SU) The project began at Strathmore University, an associate business school of IESE’s, the internationally renowned graduate business school at the University of Navarra in Spain, to collect case data and recruit students. The project is anchored in the assertion that by creating the conditions necessary to provide alternatives to oil and gasoline, developing nations can be able to enjoy tremendous economic, health and environmental benefits devoid of overdependence in fossil fuels.
SERC/Rheinische Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.
Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) partnered with SERC to conduct an impact evaluation of the employment and income effects of related GIZ-EnDev activities in Kenya. The research project began on 29th June-12th August 2015.
The impact evaluation was intended to provide first rigorous insights into the employment and income impacts of selected energy access interventions. The evaluation design focused on fixed stoves and pico-PV.
1.6 kW solar standalone system in Wasini Island
In collaboration with GIZ and the Kwale county government, a 1.6 kW solar battery power plant was designed for installation in Wasini Island in 2014. The aim of the project was to provide the community access to electricity and media (cell phone charging, solar lights and internet) and special needs (deep freezer)
This power plant now provides a source of income for the Wasini island community through phone charging, internet café, photocopying and printing services, selling of cold drinks.
Solar street lighting in Kakuma refugee camp
In collaboration with GIZ, A field study was carried out so as to assess the number of street lights required and the best places to install them in Kakuma. The aim was to provide a detailed plan including GPS coordinates for envisaged street lighting. Assess the viability of solar standalone street lights, conduct risk analysis and provide recommendations on the most suitable approach for each specific area of the detailed bill of quantities and cost estimates to enable GIZ SIF to decide on the most relevant approach and the financial dimensions of the solar street lights to be procured and installed.
Hame University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), UN Habitat and Marsabit county Collaboration
SERC has partnered with the above in providing capacity development on sustainable and affordable construction, energy efficiency in building and renewable energy technologies in Marsabit County so as to persuade Nordic Climate Facility to fund the project.The project is currently underway.
In August 2016, Vestas sponsored 17 technicians to undertake solar PV training under the T1, T1 category at Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), as part of Vestas’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to enhance employable skills for social and economic empowerment. The initiative is part of Vestas CSR goal to help the local community generate their own income, for instance through self-employment.
Tea production is an energy intensive process with energy costs constituting up to 30% of the total production costs. Energy efficiency is, therefore, a major opportunity to cut production costs in the tea industry. In addition, the Energy Management Regulations, 2012 mandates designated facilities to put in place management systems to conserve energy.On this basis, SERC recently successfully completed training of 132 KTDA senior factory management staff. The training was designed to give the managers a broad view of the impact of energy efficiency on both the environment and business performance of their factories