Olkaria geothermal power
Olkaria geothermal power plant in Kenya

In East Africa, state-owned power company Kenya Power has announced that it will sign two power purchase agreements for the sum total of 76MW of clean power.

According to the power utility, it will procure 70MW from project developer Akiira Geothermal and Marine Power Generation, its development partner, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The transmission and distribution utility will purchase 6MW of hydroelectric power from local producer Kleen Energy.

Renewable power

According to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the east African country was the first African country to establish a geothermal energy industry, of which 25% of its electricity consumption was generated via the renewable source in 2014.

Kenya aims to produce 7,300MW of renewable power by 2033.

Kenya Power has said that it will sign the purchase agreements Wednesday next week.

Kenya wind power

In other renewable news, Kenya Power and Kipeto Power Ltd signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the development of a 100MW wind power project in Oldonyo Narok near Kiserian, Kajiado County.

Kenya Power said that Kipeto Power will be responsible for the construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of the wind power project.

According to Kenya Power’s data, the country’s current installed generation capacity of 2,211MW comprises of the following:

  • 6% hydro
  • 3% geothermal
  • 9% fossil thermal
  • 4% wind power

The power company said that the Lake Turkana wind power project together with the Kipeto projects will add a total of 400MW.