Kenya is among the top 10 countries with the largest geothermal power capacity worldwide, this is a general observation by potential investors after a round-table in Nairobi on Tuesday , 26th 2019.

According to The East African Renewable Energy Federation (ERF), Kenya tops in the East African region at 56% followed by Tanzania at 32%, Rwanda 29.37, Uganda 26.7% while Burundi closes the list with 7.5% electricity coverage.

Speaking at a renewable energy round table organized by the Open Africa, an events company that aims to unlock wealth in Africa and is passionate about the continents development on a broader scale, Dr Mathew Matimbiu, the chairperson of ERF noted that it is a problem for private companies to invest in Southern Sudan because of the chaotic political environment.

Participants at the Open Africa round table

 Matimbiu however applauded countries in the East African region for recognizing the role of private sectors in renewable energy production.

On his part, Open Africa Head of events Andrew Davies, affirmed that Kenya is expected to be leading the East African region in the production of solar energy by February next year. This is because of its potential and the atmosphere of doing business.


Andrew Davies,Head of events (Open Africa )

RENEWABLE ENERGY

According to Kenya’s Ministry of Energy, renewable energy accounts for over 70 percent of the country’s installed capacity compared to the world average of 24 per cent, according to the Ministry of Energy.

Use of renewable energy is among the measures to combat adverse impacts of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Engineer Joseph Okech from the energy regulatory commission said the government will  support local project owners in realizing their solar and/or wind projects and to make Kenya the capital of renewable energy  in Africa

However, Okech added that there is a need to fast track the development of the mini-grid regulations, to address site selection, quality of service and tariffs among other isssues.

By Henix Obuchunju

By Henix

Multimedia journalist

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *