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Power & Energy

Kenya’s current effective installed (grid connected) electricity capacity is 2,651 MW, with peak demand of 1,912 MW, as of November 2019. Average electricity consumption per citizen is 167 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. The energy sector in Kenya is largely dominated by petroleum and electricity, with wood fuel providing the basic energy needs of the rural communities, urban poor, and the informal sector.

Kenya has an installed capacity of 2.3 GW. Whilst about 57% is hydro power, about 32% is thermal and the rest comprises geothermal and emergency thermal power. Solar PV and Wind power play a minor role contributing less than 1%.

Kenyan generation capacity is forecasted to reach 4GW by 2022, according to African Energy Live Data, whose figures are based on an analysis of each existing and planned (with a realistic chance of coming on line) power plant

  • Kenya launched Africa’s largest wind power farm in a bid to boost electricity generating capacity and to meet the country’s ambitious goal of 100% green energy by 2020 (Source: CNN.com)
  • The Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and Meru County government signed a (MoU) with Australia’s Windlab and Japan’s Eurus Energy for the development of an 80MW hybrid wind, solar PV and battery power plant.