Kenya Looks to Geothermal Energy to Boost Power Supply

The Menengai Geothermal Power Plant near Nakuru town has received funding from the African Development Bank of USD 124 million and a further supplement funding of USD 25 million from the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds Programme for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries. The power plant is expected to inject 400 megawatts into the National Grid by 2017, helping to shore up the persistent power shortages experienced by households, schools, hospitals, military camps and businesses which mainly rely on energy from hydro-electric power.

The good news for businesses and especially manufacturersis that the new source of energy will lead to lower electricity tariffs, a production factor that has continued to erode the competitiveness of Kenya’s products in the domestic, regional and international markets.
Additionally the clean geothermal power is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by close to 2 million tons per year, hence reducing the environmental impact by a significant margin.



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