Kenya set to expand its geothermal energy capacity in coming years

Kenya is establishing a lead in the geothermal power sector Kenya has become one of the world’s leaders in geothermal energy production. The Kenya Electricity Generating Company has located 14 sites that have geothermal potential. The company believes that geothermal power could become a valuable source of energy for the country and it may help Kenya become more environmentally friendly. Geothermal systems tap into the inherent power of the earth, making use of a mixture of heated water and steam under pressure to generate electricity. Many Kenyans lack reliable access…

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New geothermal energy projects sought in Kenya

KenGen is seeking bids to design and build two geothermal power plants. According to Reuters, KenGen (Kenya Electricity Generating Company), the largest power producer in the country, intends to construct two geothermal energy facilities that will have a total combined capacity of 210 megawatts (MW) and the company is seeking bids for the projects it plans to build in the Olkaria field. By 2017, Kenya wants to grow its renewable energy capacity by 5,000 MW. The east African nation approximates that it will require 15,000 MW of additional energy capacity…

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World’s largest geothermal energy facility launched in Kenya

The East African country set a world record by commissioning the biggest single geothermal power plant. Generating 140 megawatts (MW), the Olkaria IV geothermal energy plant that was launched by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is projected to lower electricity costs in the country by 30% by the end of this month and an additional 50% by early 2015. The renewable energy project is likely to lead to a lower cost of living. The increased amount of geothermal power will give Kenya great energy independence, as the nation will need to…

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Geothermal energy project in Kenya a problem for locals

New land concessions lead to Maasai protest. Although the Kenya Government has undertaken a massive exploratory process in the Rift Valley to maximize on the potential of geothermal energy within the area, one of the problems with this quest to make the most of this renewable source is that the local Pastoralist Maasai communities, who live off the land where these prospective geothermal deposits exist, were never consulted about the project and many have lost land and have been forced to relocate, repeatedly. The Kenya Rift Valley geothermal potential was…

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Geothermal energy project in Kenya to expand power production capacity

The east African country is seeking investors to build two geothermal power facilities. Kenya is looking for investors that would be interested in funding and constructing two power generation plants that would both be designed to produce 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which would come from geothermal energy. Kenya contains an abundance of geothermal resources. Currently, Kenya’s energy production capacity is around 1,700 MW, but by 2017 its goal is to increase its national electricity grid by 5,000 MW. This would help to reduce tariffs and lower energy costs. According…

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Kenya to double its geothermal energy capacity this year

Geothermal power begins finding more support in Kenya Kenya has plans to significantly increase its renewable energy capacity this year. The country has turned to clean power in an effort to make electricity more available to its residents while also establishing a stronger degree of economic stability. In order to increase its clean power capacity, the country is beginning to focus more heavily on geothermal energy. This year, Kenya plans to double the power produced by its geothermal systems located in Olkaria and Menengai. KenGen to acquire more electricity from…

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Kenya may get a boost in its clean energy efforts

Kenya Clean Energy

Kenya targeting by British firms interested in clean energy Countries with strong, developed economies are not the only ones interested in the prospects of clean energy. Many developing countries have a major need for electrical power, whether to power economic development, or provide financial stability by breaking reliance on foreign sources of energy. While these developing countries have interest in clean energy, few have the financial means with which to adopt solar, wind, or hydrogen-based power systems. A coalition of British firms and investors have come together to alleviate this…

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