Kenya puts wind, solar on hold to contain power prices - report
Nov 27, 2013 - Kenya has stopped issuing licences for wind and solar parks until 2017 in an effort to reduce power prices in the country by 23% in the next three years, Bloomberg said today.
Instead, the country will focus on power generation from fuel-based sources, which are less expensive, the business news provider quoted Kenya’s energy secretary Davis Chirchir as saying.
The government intends to add at least 5,500 MW of power capacity in the 40 months from September, bolstering its current installed power capacity that stands at 1,700 MW. As much as 80% of the newly-added capacity will come from coal, liquefied natural gas and geothermal power stations, Chirchir told Bloomberg by phone. The share of wind and solar power will be no higher than 15% of the new additions, while hydropower and diesel-fired projects will account for the rest.
At present, the East African nation sources most of its electricity from hydropower plants.
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