East African countries seek for the right energy mix — The heavy task of choosing one’s path

The 15-kilometre dusty road north of Garissa, a town in sunbaked northeastern Kenya, opens up to a vast land where workers are busy laying the ground for what is going to be the largest solar power project in East Africa. The 54.6 MW Garissa Solar Power Plant is a US$130 million project funded by the Chinese government and operated by a consortium of three Chinese companies.

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Kimani Chege

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“While East Africa is struggling to provide enough power to support one of the regions with the fastest growth in the world, it has not been able to live up to the desire to produce cleaner energy.”
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