KenGen has four geothermal power stations namely: Olkaria 1, Olkaria ii, Olkaria iii and Olkaria IV. These stations generate thermal energy which is then stored in the Earth’s crust. To extract this energy, wells are drilled to tap steam and water at high temperatures.
The project has brought a lot of positive impacts on the local communities for instance:
- There is power supply to the households; electricity is now their source of light at night as opposed to torches and lamps which they used before.
- The project has established water collection points and constructed sand dams for water storage.
- The company offers scholarships to secondary and university students from schools near its installations. The scholarship programme which was established in 2005 provides tuition and boarding fees to needy children who are academically gifted. This gives them an opportunity to change their destiny.