Tea agency to pump Sh4.8bn in power plants

The Kenya Tea Development Agency plans to construct four hydropower plants at a cost of Sh4.8 billion to meet electricity demand at some of its factories.

The plants will cumulatively generate 10.9 megawatts of electricity that will power some of its tea factories while the excess will be sold to the government.

Speaking during a groundbreaking event at North Mathioya, Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) chief executive officer Lerionka Tiampati said the company was keen on ensuring that its factories in tea-growing regions have access to alternative energy to help cut operation costs.

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Major partnership enhances power provision in Kenya

GENERAL Electric has announced a partnership with Kipeto Energy Limited to build a new wind farm in Kenya’s Kajiado County.

The local power deal caps off a successful run of more than $2,5 billion in booked orders on the Africa continent across transport, aviation, healthcare and energy sectors.

The Kipeto project, announced during United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya, is expected to make a significant contribution to the installed energy capacity in Kenya, where up to 80 percent of the population currently lacks electricity access.

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Kenya: Ngong Power Plant to Be Commissioned

Kengen will soon commission its expanded Ngong wind power plant to scale up contribution from renewable sources. The wind farm, which was put up in three phases near Nairobi, has been generating 5.5MW to the national grid. Speaking in Naivasha yesterday, Kengen CEO Albert Mugo did not give the exact date of the launch.

He said wind generation constitutes one per cent of total generation. The Ngong phase II project, which started in 2009, was financed by Spain.

The 13.6MW wind power project cost 20 million Euros (Sh2.2 billion). Mugo said the government is committed to lowering electricity prices through renewable energy sources.

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SkyPower Signs US $2.2 Billion Agreement to Develop and Build 1 GW of Solar Energy Projects in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 27, 2015 /CNW/ – SkyPower, the world’s largest developer and owner of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects, signed a landmark agreement with the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for the development of 1 GW of world-class solar projects to be built in four phases in Kenya over the next five years.

The monumental US $2.2 billion agreement was signed in Nairobi, Kenya at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Initiated by the U.S. government in 2010, the conference gathers entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, business leaders, mentors and high-level government officials to help increase support for innovators and job creators around the world.

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