Kenya’s state-owned utility Kenya Power is spending $6.4m on developing off-grid renewable power projects.

The solar and wind projects will complement diesel generation in the North Eastern and Rift Valley, which are not connected to the national grid.

Kenya Power’s deputy manager in charge of off grid stations, Henry Gichungi, said the company has so far commissioned eight solar and wind projects with a total installed capacity of 1 MW.

He explained that plans are already underway to being another 2.3 MW online.

“Kenya’s geographical location astride the equator gives it a unique advantage for a solar energy market. The country receives good solar all year round coupled with moderate to high temperatures, which makes it a conducive market for solar,” he added.