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Winrock International

Legacy Project

Photovoltaics for Sustainable Milk for Africa through Refrigeration Technology (PV-SMART)

Milk quality and valuable income are lost because over 800,000 smallholder Kenyan dairy farmers have no refrigeration to store their milk. As a result, over 60 percent of milk in Kenya is not processed and much of it spoils because farmers have no access to grid electricity or cannot afford expensive to operate diesel-powered generators. The PV-SMART project is sponsored under the innovative USAID Power Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge program, which is assisted by in collaboration with our technology partner SunDanzer. PV-SMART is changing the energy dynamic by pioneering affordable on-farm battery-free solar milk chillers in a first-ever pilot project with project paybacks under 1 year and zero maintenance issues after 2 years. The project also works with local savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) to establish financing for the solar milk chillers.

Funder: USAID

Project Timeline: December 1, 2013 - May 31, 2018

Country: Kenya

Program Areas: Clean Energy and Environment, Clean Energy and Access to Finance