U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will partner with Akiira Geothermal Limited to assess the viability of a 70 MW geothermal power plant in Olkaria, Naivasha. Its completion is ensued to provide clean, base-load renewable power and support Kenya’s participation in the regional power pool. USTDA Director Zak and Mr. Paul Stroud, a Board Member of Akiira Geothermal Limited signed the grant agreement. It is not clear how much the grant is that Akiira Geothermal will receive from USTDA.
The agreement was witnessed in the recent concluded U.S.-Africa Business Forum in the presence of Deputy President William Ruto and other USTDA delegates announced support for six projects across Kenya to help diversify the country’s energy mix as well as increase access to affordable, reliable electricity across Kenya.
USTDA and Renewable World East Africa will develop minigrid solar and battery storage systems in eight locations across Kenya with a combined 1.5 MW of new power generation capacity. Successful implementation of the project would help to electrify an estimated 4,500 households and businesses. The feasibility study will be conducted by U.S. company Renewvia Energy Corporation (Atlanta, GA), which is sharing its costs. Renewvia CEO Trey Jarrard signed the cost share agreement along with USTDA Director Zak.
Apart from that, KenGen signed a grant agreement to support the development of a 10MW) solar PV project at Gitaru. The project, which is co-located with an existing KenGen-owned hydro plant, will be KenGen’s first utility scale solar asset.
Quaint Energy Kenya will also set up a 40MW solar PV power plant in Nyakwere Hills, eastern Kenya. Its execution will reduce greenhouse gas emissions per year as an a year as an alternative to fossil fuel power sources
Further, Zarara Oil & Gas Limited, concluded a grant agreement to evaluate the technical, economic and environmental aspects of the proposed Lamu gas-to-power energy project on Pate Island. The project will add 50-200 MW of new electricity generation capacity to the island, located off Kenya’s mainland in the Indian Ocean.
Lastly, USTDA will partner with Green Millennia Energy Ltd. to develop a 40 MW solar PV power plant in Isiolo County. U.S. solar developer and PV manufacturer Sun Power (San Jose, CA) will conduct the feasibility study and serve as the EPC contractor for the project. These deals are set to transform Kenya’s energy mix as the government targets to achieve its ambitious plan of 5,000MW of electricity plan to spur industrial activities and light homes.