Kenya Receiving Assistance from Japan on Renewable Energy Development
AbhishekAmarnani
July 6th, 2013
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is working to bring more power that includes renewable energy and better transmission to the people of Kenya. JICA’s program aims to strengthen the power supply capacity of Kenya through support of power plants and domestic transmission lines. It also intends to strengthen international transmission lines to realize the Power Pooling Initiative in East Africa.

According to a Nikkei newspaper report, JICA plans to offer technical assistance beginning in September to help Kenya reach its goal of installing 5 GW of geothermal capacity by 2020. The country currently has 200 MW of installed geothermal capacity.

The JICA website indicates that the country is assisting Kenya on several other projects: the geothermal Olkaria I Unit 4&5; the Sondu/Miriu hydropower project; and the Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu power line.

In addition, JICA is working with Kenya officials on the establishment of a rural electrification model that uses renewable energy.

 

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