The project was developed by the Kenya Rural Electrification Authority. This public institution has signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Kenya Power (KPLC), the company that provides the electricity utility. The Garissa Solar Plant has increased the share of renewable energy to the grid to 93%, setting the stage for cheaper electricity in Kenya. Finance and Policy Aerial view of the 54MW Solar Project, Garissa. The only of its kind in the region funded by the Government of Kenya and China.The project will be launched by H.E. @UKenyatta in September 2018. pic.twitter.com/CwiFKNsg8o— Hon. Aden Duale (@HonAdenDuale) April 28, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation Now read Do mini-grids have the capacity to build electricity load growth? Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The inauguration took place in the presence of President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the authorities of Garissa County. Theplant is located in Mbalambala, in Garissa County in eastern Kenya. TAGSKenyarural electrificationsolar Previous articleSouth Africans welcome in the New Year with Stage 2 loadsheddingNext articleTunisia: 20-year PPA secured for 100MW of solar PV Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Featured image: Stock The project, which will diversify the country’s power generation mix and reduce energy costs, is the first plant that Kenya commissioned as a major project to harness its solar energy resource. The plant consists of 200,200 solar panels connectedto inverters and installed on an area of 85 hectares. Garissa smashes the solar frontier with a 25-year PPA Zhang Jian, the representative of CJIC in Kenya, said: “I am very proud that the project [that] has been successfully completed and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. We hope it will serve Kenya for the next 25 years.” BRICS Kenyahas acquired the solar plant, which was recently inaugurated in the presence ofthe authorities. Under the contract, KPLC will purchase a kWh of electricity at 12 shillings ($0.12), which is currently 8 shillings ($0.07) less than electricity generated from diesel, the main source of power in Garissa County. The solar power plant, which is connected to the grid, is expected to supply 70,000 households in Garissa or about 350,000 people. The project required an investment of Sh13 billion (just over $128.5 million). The Kenya Rural Electrification Authority relied on funding from Exim Bank of China to build the Garissa Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant. Breaking the frontier – Installation of solar PV panels commences on the biggest solar plant in East & Central Africa -54.65MW Garissa Solar Plant #SolarPower #REAforbetterlives pic.twitter.com/aCK8GX6V3S— REREC (@RERECMashinani) January 10, 2018 Read moreNews from Kenya AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The construction of the 50MWp Garissa Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant was completed by the China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation (CJIC). UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development This represents almost half of the county’s population.