Distributed Power Africa (DPA) Kenya Limited , has secured Ksh 332 million in funding from Mirova SunFunder to deploy solar energy solutions to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Kenya.
Mirova SunFunder is a leading impact investor, solving energy access and climate change challenges in frontier markets, primarily Africa, by providing clean energy financing.
The funding to DPA Kenya Limited will enable the company to unlock additional solar energy solutions for their customers in the C&I sector. DPA expects to deploy more solar sites in Kenya utilising this financing.
“Given DPA’s existing partnership with Electricite de France (EDF), the relationship with Mirova Sunfunder will ensure that C&I businesses in Kenya can adopt hybrid solar energy and lithium battery technology for energy resilience, increased business efficiencies and reduced carbon footprints,” said Hardy Pemhiwa, Group President & CEO of Cassava Technologies.
“We are excited to partner with Mirova SunFunder in scaling up renewable energy access for the C & I sector in Kenya. We believe energy is a key pillar in supporting Africa’s economic development and digital transformation. With this investment, we expect to see increased uptake of renewable energy by enterprises in Kenya,” said Norman Moyo, DPA Chief Executive Officer.
For Mirova SunFunder, this is another milestone in expanding their provision of funding in the Kenyan market through their Solar Energy Transformation (SET) Fund, which has been fully deployed.
To further accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and climate solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets, they are working on a new $500 million fund called the Gigaton Fund.
“Mirova SunFunder’s local presence and financial expertise combined with the extensive customer pipeline of a leading pan-African company like DPA, will accelerate the scaling of cost-effective solar energy solutions to businesses in Kenya,” commented Audrey Desiderato, Mirova SunFunder’s co-founder and COO.
“We are happy to have kicked off an important relationship with DPA Kenya at a time when climate change is a reality for all of us. We have seen a growing demand for solar in the C&I sector in Kenya, and we believe this facility will enable DPA to execute on their growing pipeline,” said Jemimah Kwakye-Fosu, Mirova SunFunder’s senior investment officer leading the transaction.
DPA is a leading developer and operator of renewable energy projects across Africa with a key focus on Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and provides renewable energy solutions to data centres, telecom switching centres, telecom towers, manufacturing plants, hospitals, and other large industrial users.