Kenya’s largest electric power producer KenGen on Tuesday held an event to commission the KenGen Olkaria I Additional Unit (AU) 6 Geothermal Power Plant, which aims to inject an additional 86MW into the national grid.
This pushes KenGen’s total installed energy capacity to 1,904MW while its geothermal capacity now stands at 799MW. The event was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta who also commissioned another 172MW Olkaria V geothermal Power project earlier developed by KenGen with construction being completed in 2019.
KenGen plans 100% transition to renewable energy by 2030
Kenya is the eighth largest producer of geothermal energy in the world and the country gets about half of its electricity from geothermal plants, more than any other country in the world. Kenya is also the largest geothermal producer in Africa and the Government plans to ensure the country attains a 100 percent transition to renewable energy by 2030.
“Since 2013, my administration has increased electricity access from 2.3 million connections to 8.6 million by the end of June 2021, thereby achieving an electricity access rate of over 75%. With 90 percent of this coming from renewables, it is my hope that by 2030, we shall have a 100 percent transition,” said the President.