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Solar firm to sell 40MW from Sh6bn Laikipia unit


The off-grid power solutions market is attracting more players targeting households and small businesses in rural areas. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Two Norwegian nationals have applied for a licence to generate and sell electricity to Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC from a Sh6 billion solar plant under construction at Rumuruti in Laikipia County.

In a notice published in the dailies, Rumuruti Solar Generation Holding ’s directors BjØrnar Baugerud and Mr Torstein Berntsen said they intended to generate 40 megawatts (MW) for sale to Kenya Power.

Mr Baugerud, a CleanTech director at Norwegian Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) and Mr Berntsen, the Executive Vice President of Norwegian–based solar products manufacturer, Scatec Solar, are the registered directors of Rumuruti Solar.

The UK registered solar power company is closely associated with a Kenyan firm, Kenergy Renewables, that early this month signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state-run electricity distributor.

According to chief executive Khilna Dodhia, the investors are still awaiting a letter of support from the Kenyan government on the PPA to enable them secure bank financing for the project.

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The firm’s website quoted Ms Dodhia saying they had since spent Sh200 million on the Rumuruti property and planned to increase the investment to between Sh6 billion and Sh7 billion to facilitate construction of the etire project.

In the public notice, Rumuruti Solar said within the next 15 days, it intended to apply to the Energy Regulatory Commission for licence to generate solar energy at their Salama-Pesi site.

“The licence is to enable the firm to generate power from a Solar photovoltanic plant with a contracted capacity of 40MW.Anyone opposed to the project should send their objection within the next 30 days to ERC and a copy to Kenergy Renewables,” it said.

Other solar power generation projects being developed under the Independent Power producer Scheme are Alten Energy Solarfarms, Radiant Energy and Eldosol Energy Limited, located in Eldoret which will cumulatively inject 120MW into the national capacity.