40-Megawatt Solar Plant to be Built in Kibos

40-Megawatt Solar Plant to be Built in Kibos

Ergon Solair Africa, the subsidiary of the American company Ergon Solair PBC, has obtained an agreement from the Kenyan government for the construction of a 40 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant in Kisumu County to supply Western Kenya. The installation for clean and affordable energy is scheduled to be operational in 2023.

The new solar photovoltaic power plant will be built in Kisumu County by Ergon Solair Africa, a subsidiary of Ergon Solair PBC. According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the American company has received approval for the development of a project that will inject 40 MWp into the Kenyan national electricity grid.

The authorization was issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya (Epra), the authority in charge of energy regulation. The company will build its solar power plant on more than 249-acre of roadside land in Kibos.

“Kenya must have a reduction in the cost of energy if we are to improve our competitiveness and ultimate position to create opportunities of employment for our young people,” President Kenyatta.

The solar power plant will be connected to the grid via a 220 kV substation located near the facility. The project started in 2013 and the feasibility studies were carried out one year later. Ergon Solair reports that its plant will be commissioned in December 2023.

“We are grateful to the Kenyan government for approving this project in Kisumu County, which we are convinced will boost numerous investments and activities, making a significant contribution to the sustainable development of the region. It is all the more important at this complex moment in the world’s history to accelerate the development of solutions for a sustainable future,” says Lorenzo L. Colacicchi, founder of Ergon Solair.

The construction of the solar power plant is expected to accelerate the electrification of Kisumu County. Currently, the county government of Kisumu County is putting solar off grid to supply some of the hospitals, markets, and water pumps.

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