Smart Villages Research Group and project partners Chemolex surveyed more than 11 remote communities in Central and Western Kenya to find a suitable location for trialling of a mobile minigrid system. The report linked below outlines their key research findings.
The Maasai Mara communities around Narok proved most promising, as these were the only ones yet to have grid connection. A primarily service-provision system was determined to be the most feasible business model, and interviews and focus groups were run in these communities to determine the highest priority services. From those services, the ones which a mobile minigrid could provide include a freezer, barbershop and salon, mobile charging, fridge, electric sewing machine, electric milling machine, milk cold storage, electric welding machine and security lighting