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Alevo, Xago Africa partner on energy storage in Kenya

US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, signs the grants on behalf of USTDA, along with Xago Africa Managing Director, Paul W. Webb. (Photo: Business Wire)

May 18 (Renewables Now) - US battery storage manufacturer Alevo USA Inc and Kenyan renewable energy developer Xago Africa are working on a solar-plus-storage project in Kenya.

Xago Africa is developing a 40-MW solar power project in Siaya County. Its work with Alevo to add integrated battery storage to utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) capacity is supported by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), which announced the signing of a grant for the scheme last month.  

The project will be one of the first utility-scale battery storage installations in Africa, according to the announcement.

Alevo said on Wednesday that a USD-1.4-million (EUR 1.3m) technical study backed by USTDA will also provide detailed analytics for the Kenyan power system and a roadmap to help advance the energy storage market in the country.  

"Energy storage is coming and we aim to lead the way in North and Sub‐Saharan Africa with Alevo Battery Technology," said Julian Oteng, Xago Africa’s director of operations. "This is the start of a long-term relationship which will help to bring clean power to the 600 million Africans who do not have access to electricity," Oteng added.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.900)

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