Google invests more in Africa’s wind energy market

Google invests in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya Google has shown a great deal of interest and support for wind energy in Africa. The company recently invested in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, which represented the largest investment in wind energy Africa has seen to date. Wind is not the only form of clean power that Google is supporting in Africa, as the company has also invested in solar energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Google invested some $12 million in the Jasper Solar Power…

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Solar energy creates new opportunities in Africa

Falling cost of solar power makes it more available to consumers in Africa The cost of solar energy is plummeting, which is giving some countries an opportunity to embrace clean power more aggressively. In Kenya, several rural residents, particularly farmers, relied heavily on kerosene and conventional forms of energy to get the power they need. This is quickly changing, however, as the country becomes more focused on renewable energy, particularly solar power. This is due to the falling price of photovoltaic technology, as well as its growing efficiency. Farmers are…

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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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M-Kopa is making solar energy more available in Africa

Solar energy is beginning to see impressive growth throughout Africa Africa has become a very popular home for renewable energy projects. To date, sub-Saharan Africa has attracted more than $25 billion in clean energy investments. Solar energy, in particular, has become quite popular in the region, where M-Kopa, a prominent solar developer, is working to make this form of clean power available to more consumers. The company recently finished its latest financing round, where it attracted $19 million in investments that will help M-Kopa expand its operations. M-Kopa expands the…

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Google invests in Kenya’s largest wind energy system

Google is investing in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project Google has announced that it will be investing in a wind energy project in Kenya, which is one of the largest of its kind in Africa. The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project first broke ground in July of this year. The massive energy system is expected to become a very valuable resource for Kenya, which has been working to become more environmentally friendly and embrace clean energy in recent years. Renewable energy may also help the country reduce its reliance…

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New campaign aims to bring renewable energy to all

Power For All intends to bring electricity to communities that have limited access to power Power For All has launched a campaign that aims to bring electricity to hundreds of millions of people in several parts of the world. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people do not have reliable access to energy. In order to remedy this issue, Power For All will focus on promoting renewable energy, which may make it possible for communities in rural areas to have access to the electrical power that they need.…

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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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Kenya is saving billions thanks to geothermal energy

Tapping into geothermal resources has resulted in big savings for the country. According to a report from Standard Digital, 280 megawatts (MW) of installed geothermal energy, which was added to Kenya’s grid by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), has saved the African nation Sh9 billion since July. Renewable energy could solve many of Kenya’s power challenges. According to Standard Digital, within the past three months, electricity bills have begun to show the 50% reduction in “fuel cost adjustment”. It also reported that in an interview with Weekend Business, Joshua Choge,…

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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 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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African countries receive funding for renewable energy endeavors

Funding to help development of clean energy projects Six African countries have received a combined total of $330 million in funding for the development of renewable energy systems, clean technologies, and environmental pursuits. The funding is being provided by the African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Fund. The countries that will be receiving the funding are Ghana, Burkina Faso, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, and Mozambique. The funding is expected to help these country’s establish more energy independence and find some economic progress through the use of…

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Kenya revises approach on renewable energy

Clean power proves to be a costly challenge for Kenya Kenya has been working to embrace renewable energy more aggressively in recent years, but the country is beginning to face significant financial challenges that could derail its plans concerning sustainability. Like other African countries, Kenya has an interest in clean power because of the economic benefits it represents. Renewable energy, in all its forms, is notoriously expensive, however, which can cast a shadow on any economic benefit a country might find through its adoption. New licenses for wind and solar…

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Chinese company to bring solar energy to Kenya

China continues to show strong support for solar energy Solar energy has been showing remarkable progress in China in recent years. The country has been showing a great deal of support for various forms of renewable energy in an effort to curb its emissions and mitigate the rising costs associated with fossil-fuels. Solar power has become one of the country’s most favored forms of energy and a domestic solar energy industry has managed to find significant levels of success in many parts of China. While the country is currently renovating…

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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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Powerful wind energy project to take root at Kenya’s Lake Turnaka

Lake Turkana

Kenya is embarking on a new wind energy project that will take root at the country’s famed Lake Turkana. The site is renown throughout the world of anthropology for being home to the discovery of the earliest hominid remains. Now, it will be home to an alternative energy project that may change the course of Kenya’s future. According to the Kenyan government, Lake Turnaka will soon host 365 wind turbines which will bring a large amount of electricity to the country’s energy grid. When the turbines begin operating, they will…

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