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    Equity Bank, US solar company eye funding deal

    Equity Bank  and an American solar home systems and lanterns firm are mulling extending a just-concluded supplies and financing pilot project in Kenya. Under the programme run in the Rift Valley, Francisco startup Fenix International has been collaborating with Equity to allow consumers pay via a mobile-phone app. Fenix sales and marketing director East Africa Chris Bagnall said an assessment of the programme would be concluded this month with possible scaling it up. More…

    World Bank Approves $150 Million for Kenya to Provide Solar Energy in Underserved Northeastern Counties

    The World Bank today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* credit of $150 million to enable marginalized communities in Kenya to access modern energy services through off-grid solar. More…

    Private firm signs deal to build Sh4b solar plant in Tharaka-Nithi

    A private company has signed a 25-year deal with Tharaka-Nithi government to establish a Sh4 billion solar plant at Kabariange Village, Chuka/Igambang’ombe Sub-County. Midlands Solar Energy Limited Chief Executive Officer Wainaina Kenyanjui and Governor Samuel Ragwa signed the deal on Thursday at the site that is expected to produce 90 megawatts of electricity. More…

    KenGen to open electric power production museum in Kenya

    The Ndula hydropower plant that was once able to produce 2MW of power 92-years ago, will now serve as a museum anticipated to attract students and members of the public. Kenya’s national power utility, Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), the KenGen Foundation and the National Museums of Kenya signed a mutual accord to launch the museum. Read more

    Kenyans could face higher electricity tariffs pending PPA verdict

    Kenyans should be prepared to continue paying higher charges for electricity produced by diesel-fired power plants, as the evaluation of power purchase agreements (PPAs) has not been finalised. More

    Kenya pledges friendly policies to boost uptake of clean energy by industries

    Kenya will roll out new policy and regulatory incentives to promote uptake of renewable energy in the manufacturing sector, officials said at a forum in Nairobi on Thursday. More

    Kenya to benefit from Japan-AfDB Africa energy deal

    African Development Bank and Japan have entered an agreement that will see Japan extend up to $6 billion (Sh600 billion) to increase energy access in Africa. The Initiative will support activities associated with public and private sector energy projects including preparation, construction and operations, through a mix of financing and technical assistance. AfDB has in recent times increased its focus on Kenya’s energy sector in a bid to bring down the cost for customers. More

    Kenyan Government to support Menengai geothermal power plants

    Construction of the 105 MW power plants in Menengai is likely to start soon once the government issues Letters of Support (LOS) to Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Eng. Stanley Kamau who is the Director of the Public Private Partnership Unit (PPP-U) at the National Treasury confirmed that the much-needed Letter of Support will be expedited. More

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