50 MW PV project planned for Kenya

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Located in the northwest city of Garissa, the project is expected to be one of the largest of its kind in Africa, when complete. The 50 MW plant will be built across 81 hectares and will generate around 76,473 MWh of energy annually.

JinkoSolar has signed a cooperative agreement with CJIC to provide both technical support and the photovoltaic modules for the project. "With an arid climate and a vast desert landmass, Garissa is geographically optimal for harnessing solar power," it said in a statement released. "The pre-assembled modular approach is planned by JinkoSolar to facilitate installation and future operation and maintenance. Additionally, pouring pile and spiral pile design will be utilized to protect local vegetation."

"Through cooperation, we hope to build a long-term relationship to harness both our unique advantages and open a new chapter for the construction of PV power plants in Africa," added GM of CJIC, Guojian Xu.

No further details were provided.

Last June, work on Kenya’s first net metered photovoltaic plant was completed by Centrosolar, Asantys Systems and African Solar Design.