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Sh18 Billion for Green Electricity

February 20, 2014

Maurice Alal

KISUMU county government will spend more than Sh18 billion to put up 100 megawatts of green energy.

Physical Planning executive Vincent Kodera said this will be part of the 5,000 megawatts the national government plans to construct to boost power supply in the country.

He said only 35 per cent of Kenyans have access to power according to Kenya Power Company. Kodera was speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday.

The national additional generation of power is expected to be undertaken in the next 40 months. County Executive for and Infrastructure Vincent Kodera said feasibility study is underway in Chemelil, Muhoroni and Koru area.

Kodera said the power projects requires about 100 acres of land each and is likely to be constructed in Muhoroni and Koru respectively.

Speaking to the Star on phone yesterday, he said the construction of the projects is expected to kick off by December. Kodera said the European Investment Bank has also agreed to finance components of hydropower in the county.

He said that the production of 100 megawatts will ensure sufficient power supply in the county and other neighbouring counties. Kodera pointed out that a lot still needs to be done to secure seven a sound industrial path in the county.

"We are working closely with friendly donors and potential investors to secure sufficient energy for industrial take off," Kodera said.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma said they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an Italian company to improve our water supply.

Ranguma said Nyakach Water Project, Muhoroni, Maseno-Kombewa and Kisumu Rural Water Projects will be the primary beneficiaries.

Last week during the county assembly opening, he said the projects will be modified to work with solar-generated power. The governor said that the county is also working on the expansion of existing water systems to improve water supply to the residents.

"The slum dwellers in Manyatta, Nyamasaria, Bandani, and Obunga recently benefited from energetic water points," he said.

Ranguma disclosed that tenders for floodlights and other lighting systems will be floated to provide opportunity for informal settlements to conduct trade.

"We are in the process of erecting the city street lighting. This will enhance trading activities till late in the night," he said.

He said they have also secured funding for the building of a multi-purpose dam that will support irrigated agriculture, water supply, and energy production and flood mitigation.

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Source: AllAfrica

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