Renewable energy sources increase production by 31% in three years

Windmills on a power station.

Installed power generation capacity in the country increased by 31.7% to 2,894 MW in June 2021 from 2,265 MW in 2017. This is according to the Ministry of Energy, which assigned it investments in alternative energy sources by public and public authorities. private actors.

The Principal Secretary General (Rtd), Dr Gordon Kihalangwa told Nakuru as much when he launched the drafting of the fourth medium term plan for the energy sub-sector (MTP IV 2023-2027).

“This development has been supported by geothermal and wind expansion programs. These have been undertaken by both the private sector and the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen),” Dr Kihalangwa said.

The PS said the geothermal source has remained the largest contributor to the national grid power supply, while thermal sources currently contribute the least.

“Geothermal energy represents 44.12%, hydroelectricity 26.98% and thermal energy just under 13%. This contrasts with 2014, when the share of thermal was at a high of 34.49% due to erratic rains which reduced hydropower sources,” said Dr Kihalangwa.

He said the government and development partners will continue to increase investment in green energy to protect the environment from harmful emissions.

Ronald Ouma presents the briquettes made at the Kericho Renewable Energy Center from charcoal waste.

“We intend to diversify the supply of renewable electricity in the country. In addition to increasing supply, we seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-based alternatives,” said Dr Kihalangwa.

He said the 300 MW Lake Turkana wind power plant under development would be the largest of its kind in Africa, in addition to KenGen’s Ngong Hills wind power plant, which contributes 26 MW and the 70 MW Olkaria I and 140MW Olkaria V.

“We are committed to achieving our target of 3,500 MW of installed electricity generation capacity from green sources by 2025. The goal is to increase this figure to 17,760 MW by 2030,” a- he declared.

Noting that the amount of geothermal energy is expected to reach 7,000 MW by 2030, Dr Kihalangwa said this would greatly support continued efforts to connect more homes to the national grid. He said Kenya Power had a total of 8.59 million customers at the end of December last year, up from 8.27 million in June 2021. “This increase will help the business grow revenue as we continue to lower its tariffs aimed at making electricity affordable for all Kenyans. ,” he said.

Dr Kihalangwa said Kenya was leading global efforts to increase the connectivity of its people, according to the World Bank’s 2021 Energy Progress Report, in partnership with other international agencies.

“The annualized increase in access to electricity in Kenya between 2010 and 2019 was 5.6%. It is the largest among the top 20 countries with the largest electricity access gap in the world,” he said.

He said 841 km of transmission lines and five substations were completed and energized by June 2021.

“Additional infrastructure with a length of 1,418 km is underway and should be completed by June 2023,” he said.

Rosemary C. Kearney