April 13 (Renewables Now) - Solar developer Ergon Solair Africa Ltd has won regulatory consent to build a 40-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Kenya that will be backed with a USD 0.075 (EUR 0.064) per kWh feed-in tariff (FiT).
The approval was awarded by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya (EPRA), the affiliate of US-based Ergon Solair PBC said last week. It covers the so-called Kisumu Solar One project that will be installed in western Kenya’s Kisumu County and is planned to go live in December 2023.
While the FiT for the scheme was granted in 2019, a power purchase agreement (PPA) is yet to be negotiated. According to a news service Afrik21, state-owned Kenya Power (KPLC) will be the power off-taker.
Ergon Solair Africa started developing the project in 2013 and received EOI approval a year later. It expects its Kisumu Solar One park to be capable of producing 105.3 MWh of electricity in the first year of operation.
“It is very important for Kenya to have many such “solar hotspots”, it creates a solid foundation of prosperity and freedom for our country,” said Alberto Soprani, Ergon’s senior vice president for Africa.
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