The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has facilitated new business partnerships between US and Kenyan companies to increase access to affordable, reliable electricity in Kenya.
USTDA is partnering with Kenyan company Xago Africa Limited to develop a utility scale solar photovoltaic power plant with battery storage in Siaya County, Kenya.
It will leverage US technology solutions and investment through Alevo USA Inc. a battery storage technology manufacturer based in North Carolina which will provide technology and analytics services for the project.
“Energy storage will transform transmission networks and rapidly accelerate the take-up of renewables,” Xago Managing Director Paul W. Webb said.
The Siaya plant will be among the first utility-scale battery storage installations in sub-Saharan Africa.
USTDA Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director Lida Fitts added, “The adoption of innovative and cost-effective US technology can help Kenya meet its energy development goals.”
The Agency also signed a grant with the Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) for a study assessing the use of US technology solutions to increase energy efficiency and power production.
KenGen will conduct the study in partnership with US energy equipment manufacturer Langson Energy Inc which is based in Nevada.