Construction 55 MW Kesses Solar PV Plant in Kenya is Complete

  • Construction of the 55 MW Kesses solar PV  plant in Kenya is complete.
  • Spanish energy company Alten Energías Renovables is the project developer.
  • Kenya Power Corporation (KPLC) is the off-taker under a 25 year power purchase agreement.

The announcement was made by the Chinese company Trina Solar, which carried out the construction (EPC) of the plant in partnership with the French company Voltalia. Trina Solar subcontracted the assembly of the Kesses solar power plant to PFI Renewables, a company based in Madrid, Spain.

The solar plant is located in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. The solar panels, 103,936 in total, are mounted on 928 single-axis trackers.

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According to PFI, once operational, the plant will be able to cover the electricity needs of at least 245,000 Kenyan households while diversifying the East African country’s electricity mix. Financing for the Kesses solar plant was completed in early 2022 with the participation of Standard Bank and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a financing facility of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). This power line crosses the plant’s land, meaning that the entire power line infrastructure will be located within the boundaries of the plant’s terrain.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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