TARDA plans 320-MW solar park in Kenya

By Editor


Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA), a state-owned entity in Kenya, has announced plans to build a 320-MW solar park.

According to The Standard, a local newspaper, work on the project to be sited in central Kenya is expected to begin within the next three years.

TARDA, the report says, is to realize the KES-49.6 billion ($469.8m) project in partnership with Ultra Clean Energy Solutions and Hitachi India.

The project is to be build under the newly launched Strategic Plan 2014-2018 of Kenya. It is expected to become the largest project in East Africa.

The Standard reports that the solar park is proposed to be constructed on 1,977 acres near Tana River and will comprise about 200,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules.

The daily adds that the land beneath the panels will be used to grow soya beans.

Ajith Kumar S

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