KenGen to construct 45-megawatt solar plant in Embu
KenGen is set to embark on the construction of a large scale solar power project expected to start next year once the company identifies a contractor for the ambitious 45-megawatt plant.
KenGen’s chief environmental officer, Amos Mbutu, said that a feasibility study on the commercial viability of the power plant has been conducted and the firm is currently carrying out an environmental impact assessment in the 85-acre land in Mbeere, Embu County.
Mbutu, however, did not reveal the actual cost of the project and when it will be commissioned but exuded confidence that it will be complete by next year.
“This project is part of the company’s efforts to diversify its energy sources from the predominant hydro sources to renewable sources like solar, wind and geothermal,” Mbutu said.
Mbutu who was flanked by Embu Deputy Governor, David Kariuki, said the company will build a Ksh250 million 27 kilometre road from Kiembeere to Kivaa.
Deputy Governor David Kariuki said that the move to construct the project at Macaga is a boost to the county which plans to set an industrial park at near the site.
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