The emergence of productive uses of renewable energy (PURE) solutions provides new and diverse opportunities to power agricultural, commercial, or industrial activities that drive economic growth. However, the pace of adoption in Kenya remains slow, despite evidence of the potential for PURE to address challenges and exploit opportunities in agriculture, livestock, dairy, poultry, and fisheries value chains, and to support commercial activities in rural areas.
While the productive use of energy subsector has potential to scale, suitable market conditions and an enabling policy environment will be necessary to achieve this. Deliberate organized action is therefore required by the private sector, government, and other key actors to identify industry enablers, address core barriers and drive adoption of productive use of renewable energy. It is in this context that Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) and the GOGLA initiated a project to develop a roadmap to scale the adoption of Productive Uses of Renewable Energy (PURE) in Kenya.
The National Roadmap for Scaling Up Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE) in Kenya was developed by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in partnership with the Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) through the National PURE Working Group and GOGLA, with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU), through the international initiative Water and Energy for Food (WE4F). The PURE Roadmap builds on the work started by EnDev who developed the status report on the market for productive uses of solar energy in Kenya.