Kenyan Government 40 MWp Kisumu Solar Plant
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced to start of the construction work of a solar photovoltaic power plant in Kisumu. The 40 MWp Kisumu Solar One Park will be built in Kibos on 100 hectares of land donated by the government.
The Kenyan government has confirmed the solar plant implementation agreement with Ergon Solair Africa, the subsidiary of the US-based Ergon Solair PBC. The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) of Kenya issued the authorization for the construction of the 40 MWp plant to the US company in 2020.
The Kisumu Solar One power plant will cost around Kshs 6.4 billion (US$53.6 million) and is expected to become operational by December 2023. The electricity produced by the solar PV plant will be sold to Kenya Power (KPLC) under a power purchase agreement. The plant will be connected to the national grid via a 220 kV substation located near it.
The rooftop solar plant consists of 3,334 solar panels and was built by Premier Solar Solutions. The Kenyan subsidiary of Starsight Premier Energy Group constructed the project on behalf of Solarise Africa. United Aryan and Solarise Africa signed a PPA under which the textile company is expected to pay a lease fee for the solar photovoltaic plant.
Ronoh called for net-metering against fears of renewed blackouts in Kenya where the government last month mandated a reduction in the price of grid electricity, from $0.18 to $0.15. The solar EPC director said utilities would be unable to generate power at the new lower rate, hampering reliability and network investment. If blackouts are the result, Kenya's need for net-metering to drive rooftop solar would only become more pressing, Ronoh said, adding he expects the East African nation to hit 100MW of rooftop commercial and industrial (C&I) solar generation capacity this year.
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