Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) plans to increase renewable energy deployment by adding 3,000 megawatts (MW) from clean energy sources to the grid.
The move comes following the deployment of up to 2,000 MW of baseload power drawn from geothermal and hydro sources to stabilize energy sources, The Kenyan Wall Street newspaper reports.
KenGen has already put plans in place to optimize existing hydro sources and new hydropower stations.
According to KenGen CEO Abraham Serem, the company will strive to reconstruct its existing power plants to make them more efficient for long-term generations.
“So far, we have only exploited about 0.9 gigawatts (GW) of the 10GW geothermal potential and that is why a huge chunk of the additional capacity will be drawn from geothermal,” he noted.
KenGen seeks to use new technology to reconstruct its oldest geothermal power plant, the 45MW Olkaria I, and raise its power generation to more than 60MW.