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Addressing the increasing energy demand in Kenya
Kenya's significant energy demand falls short with the lack of stagnated supply as current generation is insufficient with the burst of industrial and domestic needs, a recent research has said.  

The study by the African Development Bank (AfDB) shows that the country is currently experiencing inadequate electricity generation capacity. Kenya is also grappling with high-power bills. This situation has therefore pushed the government to scout for alternative ways of resolving these problems.  

Currently more than 39 per cent of Kenya’s electricity comes from hydropower according to the 2015 data by the government. The situation is particularly difficult during the summer months when water levels are low. Capacity gaps are then compensated by expensive thermal generation based on fossil fuels.  

In Kenya currently according to Global Petrol Prices, the price of electricity stands at $0.206 per kWh for households and $0.164 for businesses. This price includes all components

Unilever Tea Kenya and CrossBoundary Energy have commissioned a 619 kWp solar plant at the company’s Kericho tea factory. This is the first on-site solar installation for a Unilever facility in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it brings the company closer to its goal of sourcing 100% of total energy from renewables by 2030.

With the addition of solar PV to its existing hydroelectric and biomass resources, over 90% of Unilever Tea Kenya’s energy needs will now be met with clean energy. At the same time, Unilever will save money on its electricity costs. Over 15 years the solar project will avert nearly 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

CrossBoundary Energy sells power from the solar plant to Unilever via an innovative 15-year power purchase agreement. Only now that the system’s installation and testing is complete will Unilever begin paying for solar electricity, and CrossBoundary Energy will continue to manage and finance future …