, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has signed a grant with Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited to support the development of run-of-river hydroelectric plants at five sites in Kenya.
In a statement, USTDA says that the grant funds a feasibility study that will evaluate the viability of the sites for power generation and examines the best approach for connecting the sites to the national grid.
The five plants are expected to collectively add approximately 17 megawatts of renewable energy to Kenya’s generation mix.
The study which was will allow the developers to identify U.S. equipment manufacturers and service providers that are well-positioned to outfit the hydroelectric plants.
CEO of Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited says that the plants will provide opportunities for the use of high quality U.S. equipment and expertise and other benefits such as job creation, and technical skills training for the youth.
“USTDA is pleased to support this important study that will provide opportunities for U.S. industry to supply products and services, while advancing Kenya’s power goals,” added Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.
The U.S. engineering and environmental consultancy, Knight Piésold from Denver, was selected to perform the feasibility study.