Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC, KenGen is the leading electric power generation company in Kenya, producing about 75 percent of electricity capacity installed in the country.
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.
The solar project at Holo market was established in 2016 .The traders at Holo market were having such a hard time working late at night since the market did not have a main source of power. It was for this reason the traders approached the county government and asked for help. Before starting the project the county government created awareness on what renewable energy was and its impacts. The solar project supports the entire Kisumu West Ward and they have plans to expand the territory and enable other people living in other wards to benefit.
Pamela Adhiambo added that they can close their businesses even at 9pm since there is light compared to before when they could not even stay past 7.PM.They now do not have to use the tin lamps as they were negatively affecting the traders health.
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