Voltalia inks PPA for 50-MW solar project in Kenya
The Castellet solar park. Photo by: Voltalia (www.voltalia.com).
French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) said on Wednesday it has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the output of its 50-MW Kopere solar project in Kenya.
The photovoltaic (PV) plant will be located in Kopere, at the border of the Nandi and Kisumu counties. The electricity it generates will be sold under a 20-year PPA with local utility Kenya Power and Lightning Company (KPLC), which will become effective after the commissioning of the plant.
The project itself was initiated by Martifer Solar, the solar arm of Portuguese construction company Martifer SGPS SA (ELI:MAR) that was acquired by Voltalia in 2016. The development of the scheme was completed jointly by the two companies, while Voltalia will build and operate the solar park with the help of its Portuguese team, it said.
The implementation of the project will contribute to Kenya’s goal to provide universal electricity access in the country by 2020. According to Voltalia's press release, at the end of 2017, only 70% of the African nation's population had access to electricity.
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