KenGen seeks Ksh 5.6 billion to set up first solar plant in Embu

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Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is accelerating its renewable power generation investment with a planned 45 megawatt (MW) solar power plant.

The power generator is seeking 5.7 billion shillings from multilateral lenders to finance the project which will be located in proximity to its Hydropower plants.

The company said it was seeking the funds from the World Bank, French Development Agency (AFD) and KfW of Germany.

The 45 MW plant is expected to be set up in Embu with the Construction expected to last 14 months.

“We finished feasibility studies for the project and we’re now seeking funding,” said KenGen business development director Moses Wekesa.

Under its medium-term geothermal plan to 2020, KenGen is seeking to connect 631MW to the national grid.

Currently, Strathmore University in Nairobi is the only institution with a solar plant. The facility has a 0.6 MW capacity, with a part connected to the national grid.

Presently, KenGen has total power capacity of 1,631 megawatts, out of which half is hydropower (818 MW), geothermal (534 MW), followed by thermal (254 MW) and wind (25 MW).

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