Innovators in Action: SunDanzer, Kenya

Published: Apr. 19, 2016

In 2013,
SunDanzer
(United States) received a Powering Agriculture award for the
Early Adoption/Distribution (Stage 4) of
Solar Photovoltaic
solutions for
Cold Storage
in the production of
Dairy
in
Kenya

About Powering Agriculture

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

PAEGC visited seven installations in Kenya that use SunDanzer’s solar-powered chest refrigerator as a reliable way to cool milk and reduce milk spoilage. PAEGC visited installations at four farms and two dairy cooperatives in Ngorika and Mogotio, and one installation at Egerton University, an agricultural university where monitoring is taking place for research purposes. Due to the improved milk quality, farmers reported a reduction in the amount of milk that is rejected by the dairy cooperatives. This has already led to a 20 percent increase in production, resulting in additional income which has been used to pay school fees and to invest more in their farms through the purchase of more cow feed and cattle.

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February 21-22, 2017

This informative workshop will highlight the latest innovations in renewable, on- and off-grid cold chain storage solutions. Topics will include innovations in point of production cold chain technology and strategies for dissemination and financing of solar cold chain solutions for East Africa.

Apr. 19, 2016

PAEGC visited seven installations in Kenya that use SunDanzer’s solar-powered chest refrigerator as a reliable way to cool milk and reduce milk spoilage. This has already led to a 20 percent increase in production, resulting in additional income for farmers.