Kenya Electricity Generating Company Plc (KenGen) has announced its ambitious plans to scale up the deployment of renewable energy in Kenya. The utility seeks to diversify the grid by adding 3000 MW of electricity to the grid from clean energy sources over a 10-year period.
KenGen, the state-owned public utility in Kenya, has an installed capacity of nearly 2 GW, of which 85% is generated from green sources. The company now plans to supercharge Kenya’s path to the adoption of more renewables and help meet Kenya’s goal of producing 100% renewables by 2030.
KenGen’s Acting Managing Director and CEO Abraham Serem said the utility has revamped its corporate strategy and seeks to add 3000 MW of energy in the next 10 years. The latest strategy will help in doubling Kenya’s installed capacity to 6,000 MW. KenGen also seeks to rehabilitate its existing plants to make them more efficient for a reliable and sustainable generation.
As of 2022, more than 75% of Kenya’s electricity needs were met from renewables. The country boasts of strong solar output along with high prospects of other renewable energies because of the favorable geology. Kenya has been accelerating its efforts in the development of renewable energy projects and making investments in the latest technologies.