• Uhuru said Kenya can no longer afford to pay the high tariffs that some of the country's producers of electricity continue to demand.
• The President said once complete, the project will make Kisumu the first green city in Kenya.
The implementation of the proposed Solar One Limited plant in Kibos, Kisumu, will start immediately, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.
He said the project has received all requisite approvals from the government.
The head of state said the plant will act as a catalyst for development in the Western Kenya region by providing a reliable power supply.
"This project is part of the ongoing reforms in the energy sector which will position the country as a global leader not only in green energy but also in affordable energy," he said.
Uhuru said Kenya can no longer afford to pay the high tariffs that some of the country's producers of electricity continue to demand.
"We are going to change this. Kenya must have a reduced cost of energy if we are to improve our competitiveness and ultimately be in a position to create opportunities for our young people for employment," he said.
The President said once complete, the project will make Kisumu the first green city in Kenya.
The construction of the solar power plant is also expected to accelerate the electrification of Kisumu county.
An America company, Ergon Solair Africa Limited, received authorisation from the Kenyan government for the construction of a 40MW plant.
The authorisation was issued by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority of Kenya.
The company will build the solar plant on 249 hectares (615 acres) in Kibos.
The solar power plant will be connected to the grid via a 220kV substation located near the facility.
The American company is expected to commission the project in December 2023.
Edited by A.N