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CNG renewables launches ‘clean’ energy project in Kenya

 Commercial gas specialist CNG has turned its ‘Power UP’ concept into an even greater force for good with an ambitious crowdfunded renewables project; set to transform the lives of more than 600 children in Kenya.   Shower Up will see two fully-equipped, solar powered shower blocks (made from recycled shipping containers) provided for Turasha School in Kenya.   Turasha Boarding School houses over 600 pupils and due.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th September 2017

Affordable solar power systems changing Kenya

 It is early evening in Ndabibi village in Naivasha and there are threatening clouds overhead. Kenneth Njoroge quickly parks his motorcycle by the mud structure that serves as his kitchen and rushes into the main house before the rain starts pounding.   Until recently, Njoroge’s home northwest of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, was poorly lit at night. Most people in Ndabibi are not connected to the electrical grid and rely on.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th September 2017

Solar power firm to finance and build small plants for companies

 Solar specialist Solarcentury announced on Wednesday that it would finance and build solar power systems for companies keen to install them but do not have the capital.   This follows a partnership between the company and energy financier CrossBoundary Energy.   The firm said Wednesday in a statement the partnership would enable more companies in Kenya and the region to put up their own solar-powered electricity plants as it.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th September 2017

Kenya developers fit homes and buildings with solar technology

 Greenpark was founded in 2006 and the 150-acre housing estate has 400 units all fitted with solar panels for water heating.   Each solar unit costs about 800 U.S. dollars to install.   Residents say the panels have helped cut electricity costs by nearly half.   "Basically it is a very energy saving product that we have because we are able to have hot water throughout the day depending on the usage and also in the.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th September 2017

US Agency to support development of hydroelectric plants in Kenya

 In a statement, USTDA says that the grant funds a feasibility study that will evaluate the viability of the sites for power generation and examines the best approach for connecting the sites to the national grid.   The five plants are expected to collectively add approximately 17 megawatts of renewable energy to Kenya’s generation mix.   The study which was will allow the developers to identify U.S. equipment.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Africa Energy: Private Sector-led Investments in Power Transmission

 Sub-Saharan Africa needs to get the private sector invested in power generation — and more investment in the transmission sector is “urgent,” says the World Bank in a 2017 report. With 600 million Africans without access to power, the continent faces severe limits to growth in every sector, from health and education to industrialization efforts and infrastructure growth.   “If we do not address the underlying.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

USTDA providing support for Kenyan small hydropower studies

 The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has announced its support for Saigrene Energy Kenya Ltd., which will help the developer explore the potential for run-of-river hydroelectric projects at five sites in Kenya.   USTDA's support comes in the form of a grant of unspecified value, which will allow for consultancy group Knight Piesold to perform feasibility studies for the five plants.   The objective is twofold. While the.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Kenya: Obama's Power Africa Initiative Short of Goal Despite Gains

 New York — A new report on Barack Obama's main legacy project for Africa shows it is falling short of his original goal of bringing electricity to 20 million households in Kenya, Tanzania and four other countries by 2018.   Mr Obama's Power Africa initiative, announced in 2013, has so far helped connect only about half the projected number of households, according to the programme's 2017 annual report published on.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Loans for solar systems make power affordable in rural Kenya

 It is early evening in Ndabibi village in Naivasha, and there are threatening clouds overhead. Kenneth Njoroge quickly parks his motorcycle by the mud structure that serves as his kitchen and rushes into the main house before the rain starts pounding.   Until recently, Njoroge’s home northwest of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, was poorly lit at night. Most people in Ndabibi are not connected to mains electricity, and rely on.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Geothermal places Kenya into future

 During ‘Kenya Week’ at the 2017 Astana Expo, the country sought to showcase its merchandise and pedigree in renewable energy, especially geothermal.   The international exposition, themed “Future Energy”, which has been running since June 10 and is set to end on September 10 in Astana, Kazakhstan, has attracted a diversity of chartbuster innovations on energy that seeks efficiency and friendliness to the.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Solar roof tiles help power this secondary school in rural Kenya

 Schools in rural Kenya often suffer through frequent power outages, and energy from the national grid can be expensive. But solar roof tiles from Strauss Energy offer a cheaper, renewable alternative. At the 275-student Gaitheri Secondary School in Murang’a County, the reliable source of electricity has enhanced students’ performance since they can study at night, and allowed the school to give computer.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017

Kenya Power billed for idle wind farm

 The developers of Lake Turkana Wind Power project have started billing Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC every month for its failure to distribute their production due to lack of a transmission line.   This is despite recent discussions between Energy ministry officials and the wind farm managers to delay the billing that would ultimately be passed on to consumers.   “They have been billing Kenya Power,” said an energy.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th September 2017



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