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US Agency to support development of hydroelectric plants in Kenya

 In a statement, USTDA says that the grant funds a feasibility study that will evaluate the viability of the sites for power generation and examines the best approach for connecting the sites to the national grid.   The five plants are expected to collectively add approximately 17 megawatts of renewable energy to Kenya’s generation mix.   The study which was will allow the developers to identify U.S. equipment.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Africa Energy: Private Sector-led Investments in Power Transmission

 Sub-Saharan Africa needs to get the private sector invested in power generation — and more investment in the transmission sector is “urgent,” says the World Bank in a 2017 report. With 600 million Africans without access to power, the continent faces severe limits to growth in every sector, from health and education to industrialization efforts and infrastructure growth.   “If we do not address the underlying.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

USTDA providing support for Kenyan small hydropower studies

 The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has announced its support for Saigrene Energy Kenya Ltd., which will help the developer explore the potential for run-of-river hydroelectric projects at five sites in Kenya.   USTDA's support comes in the form of a grant of unspecified value, which will allow for consultancy group Knight Piesold to perform feasibility studies for the five plants.   The objective is twofold. While the.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Kenya: Obama's Power Africa Initiative Short of Goal Despite Gains

 New York — A new report on Barack Obama's main legacy project for Africa shows it is falling short of his original goal of bringing electricity to 20 million households in Kenya, Tanzania and four other countries by 2018.   Mr Obama's Power Africa initiative, announced in 2013, has so far helped connect only about half the projected number of households, according to the programme's 2017 annual report published on.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Loans for solar systems make power affordable in rural Kenya

 It is early evening in Ndabibi village in Naivasha, and there are threatening clouds overhead. Kenneth Njoroge quickly parks his motorcycle by the mud structure that serves as his kitchen and rushes into the main house before the rain starts pounding.   Until recently, Njoroge’s home northwest of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, was poorly lit at night. Most people in Ndabibi are not connected to mains electricity, and rely on.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Geothermal places Kenya into future

 During ‘Kenya Week’ at the 2017 Astana Expo, the country sought to showcase its merchandise and pedigree in renewable energy, especially geothermal.   The international exposition, themed “Future Energy”, which has been running since June 10 and is set to end on September 10 in Astana, Kazakhstan, has attracted a diversity of chartbuster innovations on energy that seeks efficiency and friendliness to the.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Solar roof tiles help power this secondary school in rural Kenya

 Schools in rural Kenya often suffer through frequent power outages, and energy from the national grid can be expensive. But solar roof tiles from Strauss Energy offer a cheaper, renewable alternative. At the 275-student Gaitheri Secondary School in Murang’a County, the reliable source of electricity has enhanced students’ performance since they can study at night, and allowed the school to give computer.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Kenya Power billed for idle wind farm

 The developers of Lake Turkana Wind Power project have started billing Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC every month for its failure to distribute their production due to lack of a transmission line.   This is despite recent discussions between Energy ministry officials and the wind farm managers to delay the billing that would ultimately be passed on to consumers.   “They have been billing Kenya Power,” said an energy.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

ERC rejects Kenya Power bid for Sh2.6bn tariff rise

 The energy sector regulator has shot down a Kenya Power application for electricity tariff increase that would have seen consumers’ bills increase by Sh2.6 billion every month.   This is the second time since last year that Kenya Power has unsuccessfully sought approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to raise power charges.   The electricity distributor says a tariff increase is necessary to cover surging.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

A wind farm of epic proportions is taking shape in Africa

 In Kenya, efforts to produce wind power on a grand scale are underway. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project is a 12-hour drive from Nairobi and, once operational, is set to provide 310 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the Kenyan national grid.   "It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines," Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member at Lake Turkana Wind Power, told CNBC's Sustainable Energy on.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Energy utility announces end to power rationing

 Rwanda can now produce enough power to service all those who need it in Kigali, the Chief Executive of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, has said.   Mugiraneza, who was addressing journalists in Kigali, yesterday, said besides being able to provide electricity to everyone who needs it, REG had embarked on different projects that will also purge general load shedding issues.   In Kigali, REG is, among others,.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017

Rwanda: Musanze Hydro Power Plant Project to Add 3.6 Megawatts on National Grid

 Construction of new Musanze hydropower plant which was launched on Wednesday is expected to add at least 3.6 megawatts to the national grid.   The plant is being constructed on Mukungwa River in Nkotsi Sector in two phases; Rwaza I to produce 2.6 megawatts, and Rwaza II, the second phase will start later along the same river to add one megawatt to the national grid, according to the officials.   Both phases are expected to.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 1st September 2017



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