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KenGen to Build 40-Megawatt Power Plant in Embu

November 1, 2017
Kenya electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced plans to construct a 40-megawatt solar power in Embu County to complement existing hydro-power generation sources. The power generator said feasibility studies for the project, funded by among others united states Agency for international Development (us Aid) are at an advanced stage.
Chairman Joshua Choge said the project is part of the company’s efforts to diversify its energy sources from the predominant hydro sources
to renewable sources like solar, wind and geothermal. “There is enormous potential to tap solar power in the lower parts of embu County. We are convinced the plant will generate between 10 megawatt and 40 Megawatts upon completion” he said. Choge made the announcement during a courtesy call on the Embu Governor Martin Wambora.
While welcoming the move, the governor said that the county government has already identified 600 acres of land in Machang’a area in the county for solar power generation. “We have already identified a French investor to set up a solar power plant and we expect that they will be coming soon to make good their pledge”, Wambora said.

He reiterated the county government’s commitment to partner with investors willing to set up power infrastructure and water projects in the county. Meanwhile, KenGen has disclosed that the tarmacking of a 21 km road in Mutuovake in Kiambera Ward at a cost of sh340 million had started.
Once complete, the road is expected to ease transportation in the county, especially in the areas where the hydroelectric dams are located.

Choge urged the county government to ensure the road is not damaged by overloaded sand harvesters.
The electricity generator also pledged to work with the county government to construct earth dams in a bid to combat frequent attacks from
crocodiles. Wambora agreed that there is need for enough water for humans and livestock by constructing earth dams and sinking boreholes to end the attacks from crocodiles from the dams.

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