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A France-headquarted renewable energy firm has signed a power sale contract for a 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kenya.

Voltalia, a producer and seller of renewable power, will leverage the expertise of its teams based in Portugal for both the construction and operation of the plant.

The 50MW solar power plant project is located in Kopere (Nandi county), about 300 km North-West of Nairobi. Initiated by Martifer Solar, the development of the project has been finalised by joint teams.

The Kopere project benefits from a 20-year electricity sale contract signed with Kenya Power and Lightning Company (KPLC), the Kenyan electric power utility. It will be effective from the commissioning of the solar power plant. Read more: Kenya’s economic growth projected to reach 6.1% by 2020

Located at the border of the Nandi and Kisumu counties, the solar plant benefits from an optimal solar irradiation level.

The firm noted that it will contribute to reach the Kenyan government target of achieving universal electricity access by 2020 (vs. 70% in 2017).

In addition, the renewables firm added that it will also positively impact the social and economic environment of the Nandi county.

“This new project confirms our ambitions in Africa, a sun rich continent where a significant part of the population still has no or poor access to electricity. The project also underlines the benefits of Martifer Solar’s acquisition in order to reach our 2020 targets,” says Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.