Kenya government plans to construct 25 mini solar plants in far-flung areas

To increase the access to electricity in the far-flung areas, in parts of North Eastern and Rift Valley, the government plans to construct 25 mini solar plants.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 05-04-2018 19:08 IST | Created: 05-04-2018 19:07 IST
Kenya government plans to construct 25 mini solar plants in far-flung areas
The Rural Electrification Authority is currently constructing 25 solar mini-grids to power small towns in off-grid areas. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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To increase the access to electricity in the far-flung areas, in parts of North Eastern and Rift Valley, the government plans to construct 25 mini solar plants.

The Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said that these solar plants will bring down the cost of electricity. He said that the solar plants will help reduce the cost by seven times the retail cost of electricity from the current. At present, the cost is about 35 US cents to five cents per kilowatt-hour.

The electricity generation from hydro sources is adversely affected due to dry weather patterns experienced late last year and early this year. This has forced generators to opt for the expensive diesel generators.

The government is seeking to leverage on renewable energy to cushion Kenyans against the high power costs by constructing mini solar-plants, especially in far-flung areas.

The Rural Electrification Authority is currently constructing 25 solar mini-grids to power small towns in off-grid areas. The areas such as Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, and Turkana.

This is in addition to the already commissioned four solar mini-grids, which are expected to reduce the retail cost of electricity from the current 35 cents per kilowatt hour to five cents per kilowatt-hour.

The 13 billion shillings Garissa solar plant will be officially launched in September this year and is expected to inject an additional 54 megawatts of power to the national grid, which is enough to serve about 200,000 households.

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