Kenya’s state-owned utility, the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), has awarded French renewable energy company Voltalia a 20-year PPA for a 50 MW solar plant under development in Kopere, in Nandi County, western Kenya.
According to Voltalia, the project had been launched by Martifer Solar, the Portuguese solar company it acquired in August 2016.
“The project underlines the benefits of Martifer Solar’s acquisition in order to reach our 2020 targets,” said Voltalia CEO Sébastien Clerc, without providing further details on the new facility.
Voltalia’s expansion plans in Africa include the construction of the 25 MW Râ solar plant at the Benban Complex in Egypt.
The French developer wants to deploy around 1 GW of wind and solar by 2020 with the former making up the largest share of the company’s portfolio. This year, Voltalia added, installed capacity is expected to increase slightly.
In the first quarter of this year, Voltalia's revenue was around €26.8 million (£31.4 million) with solar accounting for a minimal part of turnover.
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