Kenya will Generate Half Of Its Electricity through Solar Power. In addition, engineers have already identified nine sites to build solar power plants.
Construction of the plant will cost about $1.2bn. Set to begin this year, the initial design stages are almost complete. Through a partnership with private companies, the state is able to contribute to approximately 50% of the cost.
A senior administrator at the Kenya Renewable Energy Association said the move will protect the environment. Furthermore, it will bring down electricity costs. When the entire project is complete, more than 50% of Kenya’s energy production will consist of solar. They are already witnessing solar investments like a solar energy panel factory that was opened in 2011.
Kenya has seen over $500Million Dollars in Solar Investments. This investment will eliminate almost all blackouts. Power charges will reduce because electricity will be in high supply.
An economics professor at the University of Nairobi said the solar plan could have a dramatic impact on energy prices. Electricity costs will go down as much as 80% when the project is complete. In addition, the country is planning the construction of a Windfarm. This will be sub-Saharan Africa’s largest windfarm. It will be built near Lake Turkana.
Kenya will Generate Half Of Its Electricity through Solar Power. Kenya ranks 22nd in Africa for the amount of electricity it generates. It ranks 46th in the world in the generation of solar energy. But it could rank third for solar in the upcoming years. This according to figures from the Energy Regulatory Commission, a government agency.