Kenyan grid set to integrate solar and wind capacity to meet 2030 targets – proves RES4Africa/CESI study  

RES4Africa hosted a high-level gathering on Monday morning at the Fairmont Hotel in Nairobi presenting the key results of the RES4Africa/CESI renewable energy grid integration study. 

The study (“Integration of non-programmable renewal energy in the national electric system of Kenya”) identifies the potential integration of non-programmable renewable energy (RE), such as wind & solar PV, into Kenya’s electrical grid, taking account the country’s renewables development scenario for 2025 and 2030. A dedicated working group (composed by KPLC, KENGEN, KETRACO, ERC, REA and Strathmore University) was nominated upon request of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum of Kenya to cooperate on this project. The study showed as a key result that the deployment of renewable energy generation benefits the country’s electric system, in terms of enhanced reliability, reduced consumption of fossil fuels and reduction of power generation costs. 

The meeting was opened by the ambassador of Italy to Kenya, Mr. Mauro Massoni, followed by Mr. Francesco Rizzo, Africa Area Manager of CESI, who presented the study’s main outcomes to an audience of public & private energy sector stakeholders. The study reflects the working group’s efforts during 2017, which was set up as a result of the RES4Africa launch in 2016 to accelerate Kenya’s integration of its abundant renewable energy resources.

The meeting was graced by Principal Secretary of Energy, Dr. Joseph Njoroge, who commended the study as a step in the right direction for Kenya’s renewable energy future. Dr. Njoroge highlighted Africa’s richness in renewable energy resources as well as the socio-economic benefits from energy. In addition to the importance of regional interconnections, Dr. Njoroge also highlighted that Kenya’s government is committed to creating an enabling environment for renewable energy investments.

Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General of RES4Africa, closed the session by adding: “after our start in Nairobi in 2016, I feel confident we are doing a great job together – Kenya is ideally positioned to attract investment in renewable energy, and we view Kenya as our hub for RES4Africa’s performance in the region.”

This study is part of two concrete outcomes from the 2016 RES4Africa launch conference. The other outcome is the opening of the Micro-Grid Academy, a capacity building initiative for decentralised renewable energy applications, situated in KPLC in Nairobi. 

RES4Africa returns to Nairobi in January 2018 to deliver on its commitments during the RES-EXPO Conference (23 – 24 January 2018) at Strathmore University.

An abstract of the study can be downloaded here

For further information please contact:

Luca Marena
New Countries Senior Manager