Kenyan electricity distributor, Kenya Power & Lighting is set to sign two agreements to purchase 76MW of geothermal energy and hydropower.
The utility intends to purchase 70MW from project developer Akiira Geothermal and Marine Power Generation, its development partner, as well as 6MW from local hydropower producer Kleen Energy, reported Bloomberg.
Akiira Geothermal, which is jointly owned by Centum Investments, Frontier Investments Management and development partners Marine Power Generation and Ram Energy, is developing the 140MW Akiira geothermal power project in the Kenyan Rift Valley.
Located south west of Naivasha, the project is being developed in two 70 MW phases.
Kenya Power has recently signed an agreement with Kipeto Power to purchase output from the proposed 100MW wind facility in Oldonyo Narok near Kiserian, Kajiado County.
The power plant is being developed as part of the country’s plan to diversify the 5,000MW of additional generation capacity to meet the increasing power demands.
Kenya currently generates 2,211MW, and its energy mix includes 37.6% hydro, 27.3% geothermal, 32.9% fossil thermal and 0.4% wind.
According to the publication, the East African country aims to generate 7.3GW of electricity from renewable sources by 2033.