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KenGen solar plant plan is way to go for new power projects

The usage of solar energy is vital in taming climate change and its devastating effects. file photo | nmg
The usage of solar energy is vital in taming climate change and its devastating effects. file photo | nmg  

A news item last week indicated that Kenya Electricity Generating Company #ticker:KEGNis planning a 45 mega watts(MW) solar power installation in Embu County adjacent to the existing Tana hydro plants.

As of now most of the solar energy activities in Kenya have been small-scale and for own energy use with none injected into the national grid.

The only other significant operational project in the region that I am aware of is the 10 MW solar plant at Soroti in Uganda. It is grid-connected and privately financed.

The proposed KenGen installation will indeed be a pioneer project in up-scaling solar generation in Kenya. What is smart about the project concept is its location adjacent to an existing power transmission infrastructure from the hydro plants to the main electricity demand markets.