The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has granted Virunga Power Kenya Limited funds to conduct a feasibility study for the development of three run-of-river hydroelectric plants in Kenya.
Brian Kelly, Virunga Power Kenya Limited’s Founder and Managing Director said, “These funds will help Kenya reach its rural electrification targets, in addition to promoting the business case for community co-ownership and participation in small renewable energy projects across the region and beyond.”
An African rural electric utility, Virunga develops, invests in and operates renewable power projects and rural distributions grids of megawatt-scale to bring high-quality, low-cost power to rural communities without reliable access to modern energy.
The study which will be carried out by a competitively selected U.S. company will evaluate the viability of the power generation sites and examine the best approach for connecting local homes and businesses to clean and reliable electricity.
USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa Lida Fitts added that it will provide opportunities for U.S. industry to supply products and services that will advance Kenya’s power goals whilst allowing the developers to identify U.S. equipment manufacturers and service providers that are well-positioned to outfit the plants.
The 6MW plants will be developed in Western Kenya.
The USTDA, which exports American goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies, recently partnered with Kenyan company Xago Africa Limited to develop a utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant with battery storage in Siaya County, Kenya.