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Chinese firm completes construction of 50MW Garissa solar farm in Kenya

January 07, 2020

ESI Africa:

The Garissa Solar Plant has increased the share of renewable energy to the grid to 93%, setting the stage for cheaper electricity in Kenya.

The construction of the 50MWp (Mega Watt peak) Garissa Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant was completed by the China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation (CJIC). The plant consists of 200,200 solar panels connected to inverters and installed on an area of 85 hectares.

The project was developed by the Kenya Rural Electrification Authority. This public institution has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Kenya Power (KPLC), the company that provides the electricity utility.

Under the contract, KPLC will purchase a kWh of electricity at 12 shillings ($0.12), which is currently 8 shillings ($0.07) less than electricity generated from diesel, the main source of power in Garissa County.

The project required an investment of Sh13 billion (just over $128.5 million). The Kenya Rural Electrification Authority relied on funding from Exim Bank of China to build the Garissa Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant.

[Nicolette Pombo-Van Zyl]

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