Construction Set to Begin on 55MW Solar PV Project in Kenya

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The 55MW solar PV project, which will cost approximately US$116 million to develop, will stand as the largest solar plant ever developed in Africa.

The Kenyan Rural Electrification Authority’s (REA) has approved the construction of a 55MW Solar PV Power plant in Garissa at a cost of Kshs 12.8 billion.

The Authority will set up 210,210 solar panels of 260 Watts each, thus reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 43,000 metric tons per year.

Upon completion, the solar plant will be the biggest in the East and Central Africa and is expected to create thousands of jobs estimated to be over 1,000.

The capacity that will be produced from this plant will be capable of powering 625,000 homes comfortably.

The 50MW solar PV farm will be financed through concessional funding from the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Construction will begin in July this year and will take one year to complete upon which the station will pump more power to the national grid.

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