Kenyatta set to inaugurate East Africa’s largest solar plant in Garissa

Kenya is Tuesday set to launch the region’s largest solar power plant in Garissa with the cheaper green energy offering room to further lower electricity prices. The 54.6 megawatt (MW) plant, the largest in East and Central Africa and located 15 kilometres from Garissa Town, is expected to be commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta, further cutting reliance on expensive thermal power.

“The 54.6MW solar plant, implemented by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA), will feed into the national grid at one of the most competitive rates in comparison to other sources currently feeding into the grid. A Power Purchase Agreement with Kenya Power is already in place,” read a statement from REA.

Solar power will cost about Sh8 per kilowatt hour matching the wholesale cost off wind, and lower than thermal that goes for above Sh20. Kenya has an installed generating capacity of 2,370MW and peak demand of about 1,770MW. It relies heavily on renewables such as geothermal and hydro power. The 54MW Garissa solar plant power is expected to be connected to the grid later this month.

Source: Business Daily

 

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