President Uhuru Kenyatta broke ground for the construction of the Olkaria V power project in Olkaria, Nakuru County in Kenya.
The plant which will produce 158 MW of electricity upon completion will increase Kenya’s global leadership in green energy production and consumption.
It was commissioned alongside 14 wellhead units producing a total of 75 MW of electricity.
Developed by Kenyan engineers to harness geothermal power, the “wellhead unit” is an innovation by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen) which has reduced the duration between the first drilling of a well and installation of a geothermal plant from five years to two years.
“Innovation must be the new identity of Kenyan institutions if we are going to see the transformation Kenyans demand” Kenyatta said, challenging other institutions in the country to adopt similar innovative technology.
Geothermal energy is not subject to the unpredictability of the weather and runs at more than 90 per cent of the time every year.
“That means that we can bring reliable power to every Kenyan home,” the President added.