JKUAT and KEREA sign MoA Towards Renewable Energy

Mr. Andrew Amadi (left) and Prof Joseph Kamau put pen to paper

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s (JKUAT) Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) in bid to improve training and research capacity in Kenya’s renewable energy sector.

The primary objective of the agreement signed on Friday, April 24, 2022, is to advance training, research and capacity building of staff and student graduates within the broader renewable energy sector for the Kenyan and regional Sub-Saharan African (SSA) energy market, as well as provide employment opportunities for them.

During the signing ceremony, the Director of IEET, Prof. Joseph Ngugi Kamau, explained that the objectives of IEET and KEREA intersect in the areas of training, certification, employment opportunities support, research and technology development which will benefit both institutions.

“The purpose of this MoA is to strengthen this relationship so that future interactions are enabled successfully,” Prof. Kamau asserted.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) KEREA, Mr. Andrew Amadi, emphasized the importance of the collaboration, saying it will create awareness on the importance and opportunities for productive use of renewable energy.

The venture, Mr. Amadi said is very important as it will build a partnership that will make headway in areas of research, technological advancements and knowledge thus enhancing technology transfer.

“This partnership will go a long way in co-developing the best practice and recommendations for renewable energy for existing and new productive and production processes,” he observed.

Mr. Andrew Amadi (second left) and Prof. Joseph Kamau (second right) exchange the signed MoA. Looking on is Dr. Francis Xavier (left) and Mr. Vitalis Opondo(right) both of IEET

While thanking KEREA for the partnership, the Head of Energy Department, IEET, Dr. Francis Xavier Ochieng acknowledged that it will not only pave way for linkages with other industry players, but also introduce training across borders and internship opportunities to IEET graduates.

The Memorandum of Agreement, which took effect when both parties signed, is valid for two years and is renewable every two years.

KEREA, an independent non-profit association dedicated to facilitating the growth and development of renewable energy businesses in Kenya, is excited to have this agreement with JKUAT in the area of Renewable Energy and productive use of renewable energy technologies, given the institution’s expertise in offering research and training opportunities in environmental, energy, occupational safety and health technologies.

The three MoA signatories include, Director of IEET Prof. Joseph Ngugi Kamau, the Head of Energy Department, IEET, Dr. Francis Xavier Ochieng and Chief Executive Officer, KEREA, Mr. Andrew Amadi.

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