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Kenya adds 1063 megawatts to national grid

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, said his government has added 1063 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, since taking over leadership in 2013.

Kenyatta announced that in the last three months, the government added 364 MW to the national grid, which included 310 MW from Lake Turkana wind farm, and 54 MW from the Garissa solar plant in northern Kenya.

He said his government is investing in these power projects to achieve full transition to renewable energy in the next two years.

“To be more specific we, as a country, have committed ourselves to attain 100 per cent green sufficiency by 2020, and we are on the right path towards realising that target.”

Kenyatta was speaking when he presided over the ground-breaking ceremony for the 83.3 MW unit 6 of Olkaria 1 Geothermal Power Plant in Naivasha, Nakuru County.

He said as a global powerhouse in geothermal power generation, Kenya has stepped up efforts to utilize other forms of renewable energy, particularly wind, solar, small hydro power and bioenergy.

The government’s intention is to deepen the use of renewable energy, in particular solar as per the National Electrification Strategy that will be launched later this week.

“We have to use renewable sources of energy to protect our environment, and ensure that we pass down, to our sons and daughters, a country as clean and green as we inherited from our fathers,” he said

According to Kenyatta, when he took over the leadership of the country in 2013, access to power was under 29 per cent, with only 2.2 million households connected. Currently, 6.9 million households and almost every public primary school in the country are connected to electricity, he said.


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