Currently, a 55MW solar power plant is being implemented in Garissa at a total cost of Kshs. 13.8 billion. This solar plant will be the biggest in east and central Africa and electricity generated will be fed to the National grid. The project is lying on an 80-acre piece of land and consists of 300,000 solar panels and is part of the long-term programme to replace the expensive and environmental hazardous diesel-powered engines.
Speaking during a recent inspection tour at the plant, the CEO of Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Peter Mbugua said that the project will inject an additional 54 megawatts of power into the national grid as the country moves towards adopting emerging clean energy technology. “We are happy with the progress of the project. We have a target to deliver this project in September 2018. The local leadership has helped us in achieving this,” Mbugua said.
“Most important is that the project will go a long way in stabilising the power supply in Garissa town and its environs,” he added. Mbugua who was accompanied by engineers from China Jiangxi International Kenya limited said once completed the plant will light over 200,000 households. The CEO added that government was in consultation with other development partners with a view to expanding the projects to other counties among them Wajir and Mandera.
The development is good news to residents of Garissa, the town that has been described as one of the fastest growing in the country. With improved security, small-scale industrial investors will have the opportunity to open up food processing industries as well help boost irrigation farming along the river Tana. Frequent power blackouts in Garissa were becoming a nuisance because the ageing diesel powered engines were breaking down for days plunging the town into darkness.
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