Clean Electricity Set For Kenya
Kenyans will have clean electricity running in the grid sooner rather than later. This is after a Kenya-based French solar firm Alten Africa set its solar energy plant in Uasin Gishu County. Uasin Gishu County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Rift Valley Province and whose capital city is Eldoret.
Alten is set to produce 40-megawatt (MW) of electricity. The company will work in partnership with renewable energy firm Voltalia to achieve its goal. This is good news specifically to people living in Eldoret, as it is the fifth largest city in Kenya.
800,000 People to Gain
The 40MW will benefit more than 800,000 Kenyans when up and running and it will account for 2% of the electricity generated. The solar project is to be built on a land area of 100 hectares and will have over 161,000 monocrystalline panels set into solar single-axis trackers.
Development with Great Benefits
This is a welcome development as the country races to raise an electricity output of 5,000MW and cut the cost of electricity to consumers by half. Additional benefits of solar energy are that solar energy is a truly renewable energy source. It can be harnessed in all areas of the world. Unlike other sources of energy, we cannot run out of solar energy. Solar energy is accessible as long as we have the sun. In addition, solar energy systems have a low maintenance requirement. This is because there’s not a lot of moving parts involved once the system is up and running.
Closer to the Goal
Other solar energy projects currently running include Rural Electrification Authority (REA). REA is East Africa’s largest solar power plant being developed in Northern Kenya. When complete, REA will focus on boosting the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing sector is one of the four pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s economic revival strategy.
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