The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has signed a grant with Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited to support the development of run-of-river hydroelectric plants at five sites in Kenya.
The grant will fund a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of the sites for power generation and examine the best approach for connecting the sites to the national grid.
USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa Lida Fitts said the plants will advance Kenya’s power goals of providing affordable and reliable electricity across the country.
Upon completion the five plants would collectively add 17 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to Kenya’s generation mix.
“In addition to providing opportunities for the use of high quality U.S. equipment and expertise, the plants will also provide numerous benefits to the local community, such as job creation, and technical skills training for the youth,” said Paulo Gonçalves, Chief Executive Officer of Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited.
The feasibility study will be carried out by U.S. engineering and environmental consultancy, Knight Piésold based in Denver, Colorado.
In May 2017, USTDA facilitated a similar business partnership between Alevo USA, a North Carolina-based battery storage technology manufacturer and Kenyan company Xago Africa Limited.
The North Carolina-based company will provide technology and analytics services for a utility scale solar photovoltaic power plant battery storage Xago is developing in Siaya County in Kenya.