A report by the International Energy Agency says that renewable energy will have almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s power generation growth by 2040 and geothermal will have a key role in Eastern Africa.
KenGen says it has commissioned 140 megawatts of geothermal energy to be fed into the national power grid and it is also planning an ambitious project to build industrial parks by the wellheads to foster new enterprise creation.
The developer of the Akiira geothermal power project in Kenya announces having secured a $1 million grant from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Africa Clean Energy Facility (ACEF), one of the Power Africa programs.
KenGen said yesterday that they wanted to team up with private investors for the first time to build geothermal power plants that would come on stream by 2016 to meet a target of 400MW for the same year.
Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are inviting tenders to build an electricity transmission project between the 3 nations in order to integrate further and cater the pressing need for current and future electric demand.