In Summary:
– Already 25 firms are connected to the national grid, supplying about 2,298 megawatts. – Kenya Power boss Dr Ben Chumo said that 10 firms have been commissioned and a total of 615.5 megawatts of electricity is expected from them.
– Power purchase agreements allow the companies to construct, own, operate and maintain the projects.
– KenGen sells its hydropower to Kenya Power at Sh3 per unit ($0.03) – the cheapest source, followed by geothermal energy at Sh7 per unit ($0.07).

Electricity distributor Kenya Power has entered into power purchase agreements with two firms. The deals will see Akiira Geothermal Limited supply 70 megawatts and Kleen Energy Limited generate 6 megawatts.

The agreement inked on Thursday brings to 45 the number of firms that have entered into deals with Kenya Power to generate electricity as the government’s plan of producing 5,000 megawatts by 2017 continues to gather steam.

So far, 25 of the power companies are connected to the national grid, supplying an estimated 2,298 megawatts.

KenGen supplies much of the energy hooked to the national grid but it has signed power purchase agreements with private firms, Kipeto Power with a 100 megawatts capacity, Akiira Geothermal Limited with 70 megawatts and Kleen Energy Limited with 6 megawatts.

Kenya Power managing director, Dr Ben Chumo, said that of the firms, 10 have been commissioned and a total of 615.5 megawatts of electricity is expected from them.

“Other 20 firms are implementing to supply 320 megawatts. We are in discussions to speed up the arrangements to have the supply come through by 2017,” said Dr Chumo.

The power purchase agreements allow the companies to construct, own, operate and maintain the projects, with Kenya Power purchasing the power generated.

“The PPA is an important step forward in enabling the country to meet its development goals by utilising renewable power that is cost effective and environmentally friendly,” said acting Energy Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich.
KenGen sells its hydropower to Kenya Power at Sh3 per unit ($0.03) – the cheapest source, followed by geothermal energy at Sh7 per unit ($0.07).