Kenya - Kopere Solar Power Project


Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Nov 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23230
Commitment U.A 13,295,673.24
Status Approved

Project General Description

The project concerns the design, construction and operation of a 40MWac net solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at 5 km from the center of Kopere in Nandi County. It falls under the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) policy in Kenya. The Expression of Interest (EoI) to conduct the project was approved under the FiT application process governed by Government of Kenya (GoK). The project involves the construction of a 33/132 kV substation and a 1.8 km T-line to evacuate the electricity to the national grid via an existing 132 kV Lessos-Muhoroni T-line network operated by Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC), under a 20-year ‘take or pay’ Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). It will be located on a 157 ha site, near the villages of Kopere and Chemelil in the Songhor/Soba ward, Tinderet (sub-country), Nandi county in Kenya, about 295 km north-west of the capital Nairobi, and 52 km east of the third-largest city in the country, Kisumu.

Project Objectives

The Kopere project will enhance energy access, infrastructure development, and private sector participation in the renewable energy sector while contributing to green growth, and job creation. The project will have an important demonstration effect and will attract more investors exploring solar opportunities in the country. Moreover, the project is expected to have strong development outcomes addressing Kenya’s growing demand for affordable electricity. Producing PV power will diversify Kenya’s energy mix and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

Beneficiaries

The project is expected to generate around 101.9 GWh per year, thereby increasing Kenya’s generation capacity to be able to supply electricity to approximately 600,000 people through the grid. The project will save 1,081 kt CO2eq of GHG emissions during the operation of the project annually.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Bank

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-FF0-001
Last Update 21 Oct 2020

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Contact Details

Email private-sector@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Kenya