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Tropical Power nears commissioning of 2.2-MW AD plant in Kenya

Crop for biofuel production. Author: alh1. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Feb 5, 2015 (SeeNews) - Tropical Power Kenya Ltd announced it is currently commissioning the 2.2-MW Gorge Farm anaerobic digester plant in Kenya, which happens to be Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant.

The USD-6.5-million (EUR 5.7m) plant was built in less than 12 months and is expected to start supplying power to the grid in March 2015. Domestic power producer Biojoule Kenya will own and manage the facility, which has recently secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Kenya Power for half of its output.

Every year, the facility will be processing about 50,000 tonnes of organic crop waste sourced from VegPro Group’s neighbouring farm.

Tropical Power noted that the Gorge Farm site will also house a 10-MW solar park that will be connected to the grid as well. The company’s goal is to install over 130 MW of renewable power assets across Africa by 2018, it says.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.873)

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