Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Electricity Kenya

We have arrived in Kenya to see what the electricity production look like, and the main player in this environment is Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen).

The main source of power generation in this country is Hydro (almost 60%), with the remainder coming from geothermal and thermal. That places KenGeny power among some of the greenest in the world.

Kenya has taken on a very ambitious program to develop one of the largest wind farms in the world, and if this becomes viable, that would make Kenya the most self-sufficient country in East Africa. The windmill farm or the wind farm is targeted for completion and inauguration in 2012.

So how many Kenyans or what percentage of the population has electricity? About 20% of Kenyans have access to electricity; the exact numbers are hard to come by, whatever the case is the 20% is pretty generous estimate. Kenya seem to be trying to develop more power plants, especially in the area of geothermal.

As with all hydro power, maximum power generation is dependent on the amount of water or level of water; and Kenya is going through some sporadic rainfall, this have affected the output of electricity.

Even though less than 50% of the population is enjoying electricity after more than 45 years of self rule from Britain, the effort seem to be on the positive side, and it seems the cheetahs outnumber the hippos.

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