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UNIDO Opens First Zero Emission Community Power Center in Rural Kenya

Hon Esther Murungi Mathenge, Ministry of Gender and Children Affairs along with Alexander Varghese UNIDO Representative for Kenya and Eritrea

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July 2008: The first environmentally-friendly hydro and solar power-generating

center has been inaugurated by the UN Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO) in a rural community in Kenya.

Under

the project, which is part of the UN's “Lighting Up Kenya” programme, the

center in Kibai village in Kenya's Kerugoya division will generate

“zero-emissions” electricity or electricity generated without producing

greenhouse gas emissions. The center will also promote the use of LED lamps to

replace kerosene lamps that contribute to respiratory illnesses in children and

women who use them on a daily basis. [UN

Press Release]