NAIVASHA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday his
government is investing in geothermal, solar, wind and hydro
power projects to achieve full transition to renewable energy in
the next two years.
Kenyatta said his
government has added 1,063 MW of electricity to the national
grid since taking over leadership in 2013.
He said in the last
three months, the government added 364 MW to the national grid,
which included 310 MW from Lake Turkana wind farm, and 54 MW
from Garissa solar plant.
“To be more specific
we, as a country, have committed ourselves to attain 100 percent
green sufficiency by 2020 and we are on the right path towards
realizing that target,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony
for the 83.3 MW unit 6 of Olkaria 1 Geothermal Power Plant in
Naivasha, about 90kms northwest of Nairobi.
He said as a global
powerhouse in geothermal power generation, Kenya has stepped up
efforts to utilize other forms of renewable energy, particularly
wind, solar, small hydro power and bioenergy.
Kenyatta noted when
his government came to power, households connected to
electricity stood at 2.2 million, adding that this had now risen
to 6.9 million households.
“In five short
years, we have more than tripled access to electricity, and made
it far easier for our children to study without strain. Every
public school in the country is currently connected to
electricity and plans are underway to make sure that all
households have power before I leave office,” he said.
The Kenyan leader
said that he was waiting for the Ministry of Energy to reduce
the cost of energy targeting the SMEs before passing the same
benefits to households.
“At the end of the
month I will be checking on the electricity bill for the SMEs to
see if their electricity bills have dropped as I had directed,”
He said the
government intention is to deepen the use of renewable energy,
in particular solar as per the National Electrification Strategy
that will be launched later this week.
“We have to use
renewable sources of energy to protect our environment, and
ensure that we pass down, to our sons and daughters, a country
as clean and green as we inherited from our fathers,” said
energy cabinet secretary said the country is currently at 90
percent of renewable energy and is working towards the
realization of full transition to green energy within the set