Kenya ranks in the eighth position among the largest geothermal energy producers in the world, putting the East-African country among the top green energy economies.
This is according to the latest annual Renewables 2016 Global Status Report published by REN21, which states that by the end of 2015 the amount of geothermal energy in Kenya’s national grid had expanded to a total of 600MW. The analysis stated that geothermal now accounts for over a quarter of the country’s total power capacity of 2 333MW.
The Kenyan government has in recent years renewed its interest in geothermal energy to reduce the economy’s use of expensive electricity from diesel generators and to boost the country’s competitiveness. It is said that the country has an untapped potential of 10 000MW of steam energy in its Rift Valley basin, where a series of exploration works are ongoing.
Electricity distributor Kenya Power purchases electricity produced from geothermal from KenGen at about Sh7kWh ($0,0693kWh) for onward sale to homes and businesses, which is said to be three times cheaper compared to diesel-generated electricity.
Source: ESI Africa