Kenya’s Remarkable Electrification Program

The Republic of Kenya currently has an estimated population of 51.57 million people. In 2017, approximately 55% of the country’s population had access to electricity. The power plants use renewable energy (81%) and fossil fuels (19%) to generate electricity in Kenya. Geothermal and hydropower are the primary sources of renewable energy and oil is the primary source of fossil fuel.

On December 6, 2018, the government launched the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). The strategy developed in a partnership with the World Bank, provides a plan to provide to everyone in the country by 2022.

December 6, 2018 — The government today launched the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). Developed in partnership with the World Bank, KNES provides a road map to achieving universal access to electricity for all Kenyans by 2022. Renewable energy is an integral part of the KNES.

Kipeto Energy Limited has recently announced that GE Renewable Energy will provide the turbines and transmission line for the Kipeto Wind Power Project. GE Renewable Energy will provide the GE 1.7-103 turbines to the 100 MW capacity wind farm. The Kipeto Wind Power Project is forecast to commence operation in 2020.

Kenya has made remarkable progress in the electrification of their country over the past few years. In my opinion, it is even more impressive that Kenya planning on using renewable energy to supply power for their country’s future growth.

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