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Kenya: Alten Kenya Commissions 40 MW Kesses Solar Facility


Nairobi — Alten Kenya Solarfarms (Alten) has commissioned a 44 megawatt (MW) solar facility in Kesses, Uasin Gishu County.

The project was in partnership with the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), the Standard Bank Group through the Standard Bank of South Africa, and Stanbic Bank Kenya.

It will provide thousands of people with clean, renewable power sources, contributing to the achievement of the SDG (affordable and clean energy), and create 400 construction jobs with 15 permanent jobs.

“We are thrilled to see Kesses in action, further cementing Kenya’s status as a global renewable energy leader. Africa leads the world in solar energy potential, and more projects of this type are needed to ensure we meet the continent’s growing demand for energy without compromising GHG emissions,” Ninety One Investment Specialist Sine Zulu said.

“Kenya is the ninth African country where EAIF has supported renewable energy projects, underlining the Fund’s status as a lender of choice for renewable energy companies investing in Africa.”

Kesses is a significant milestone for EAIF, which has now supported green electricity generation in nine African countries.

The Fund is approaching 1000 MW of renewable generation capacity across its portfolio.

Expanding investment in clean, affordable power solutions is an important part of PIDG’s strategy, as the Group aims to increase supply in Africa’s most underserved regions with an increasing focus on renewables and off-grid technologies.