KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s state-owned utility Kenya Power is spending $6.4m on developing off-grid renewable power projects.
The solar and wind projects will complement diesel generation in the North Eastern and Rift Valley, which are not connected to the national grid.
Kenya PowerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deputy manager in charge of off grid stations, Henry Gichungi, said the company has so far commissioned eight solar and wind projects with a total installed capacity of 1 MW.
He explained that plans are already underway to being another 2.3 MW online.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s geographical location astride the equator gives it a unique advantage for a solar energy market. The country receives good solar all year round coupled with moderate to high temperatures, which makes it a conducive market for solar,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added.