KenGen Company to develop solar power plants in dams’ reservoirs

The Kenya Generating Power Company (KenGen) recently got involved in discussions regarding the expansion of the energy industry. The firm announced its ardent plans underway to develop solar power plants on three major damn in Kenya. KenGen commissioned the contract to a Norwegian firm in the installation of the panels and other related infrastructures. The hybridization plans will place the country on the map as a developing country with ambitions to improve its green energy sector.

KenGen, with the help of Multiconsult Company, will conduct extensive research on the selected dams. Kamburu and Turkwell are among the three dams considered for the project. Multiconsult will undertake the project evaluation based on social, ecological, climatic, and risk concerns associated with the project. The basins of the HEP dams will provide a large surface area enough for the accommodation of numerous solar panels with the ability to generate sufficient and sustainable power.

Multiconsult’s project manager positioned the hybridization plan as with the capacity to facilitate ideal management. Additionally, he mentioned the cost-effectiveness of the project, which will achieve economic possibilities in heightening KenGen’s operations. According to the expert, Kenya possesses enormous resources to support the solar power platform in the entire country. The specialist further explained how the solar project would salvage a quicker developmental process. The hydroelectric power sector will save a significant amount of energy as it will only operate during the night. The solar projects will then simultaneously provide power during the day in the presence of the sun.

In a statement by KenGen’s official, solar power will mitigate emissions from fossil fuels and other conventional sources with energy-containing carbon, which powers the HEP projects on the three dams. The need for alternatives to power the HEP dams have got caused by the fluctuation of water levels during the dry seasons. 

During the dry seasons, the evaporation rate will significantly reduce with the use of photovoltaic solar panels, according to Multiconsult. The move will propagate the production of more energy throughout the year with no unnecessary power surges. KFW, a German-based agency, will support the operations of the floating solar power addition, the floating solar power project is a phenomenon that has been in existence in the country for long. 

Ecoligo Company, an equally German-based firm, is currently progressing with a string of related floating solar power projects. 

In conclusion, the induction of the renewable energy project will provide a significant energy service and lower the cost of energy.