Kenya’s New Power Capacity Comes from Geothermal Sources

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) announced that it added an extra 86 megawatts (MWs) of power into the nation’s power grid from its geothermal plant.

The company, which is 70% owned by the Kenyan Government, produces the bulk of the country’s electricity. It generates 799 MWs from geothermal steam found underground the Rİft Valley, and is used to drive large turbines that generate the power.

It has a total installed capacity of 1,904 megawatts, the rest of which comes from dams and wind farms.

KenGen said in a statement that the launch of the new capacity shows Kenya’s commitment to developing geenration from renewable energy sources.

Kenyan President Kenyatta said during the launch of the additional capacity that the country’s electricity connections have more than tripled to 8.6 million from 2.3 million in the last decade.

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