The 50 MW Garissa solar park will be built with the support of the Chinese government. The plant will rely on 210,210 solar modules provided by Jinko Solar.
Solar-powered minigrids could account for a greater slice of sub-Saharan Africa’s $740 million off-grid market, but progress is still needed throughout the region in terms of policy, financing and commercial services, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) says in a new report.
A 991 kW PV array will supply Kenya’s largest salt producer with 22% of its electricity, in a diesel-hybrid system delivered by SolarAfrica. The system was supported by a grant from the Japanese government’s Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).
The Tokyo-based PV module supplier has moved forward with the development of its first utility-scale PV plant by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the authorities in Kitui county, roughly 170 kilometres southeast of Nairobi.
A survey conducted in Kenya by Vulcan Impact Investing and mini-grid operator Steama.co, found that those who had benefited from solar mini-grids were eager for more solar power, while also highlighting how the technology had weened communities off kerosene and batteries.
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