USTDA Backs Battery Storage in Kenya
Thursday May 11, 2017  Printer Friendly Email this article

The USTDA and Power Africa are sponsoring one of sub-Saharan Africa’s first utility-scale battery storage installation. The installation will be located in Kenya’s Siaya County.

According to a statement released by the USTDA, $1.1 million is being allocated to Xago Africa for the project. Xago Africa will be aided by US firm Alevo. The project will consist of a 40-MW solar farm facility and the storage installation to regulate energy distribution.

“Energy storage will transform transmission networks,” said Paul W. Webb, Xago Managing Director. “It will rapidly accelerate the take-up of renewables, and we are proud to be partnering Alevo, which leads the field in battery technology and network analytics.”

USTDA signed an additional grant with the Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) for a study assessing the use of U.S. technology solutions to increase energy efficiency and power production. Nevada-based energy equipment manufacturer, Langson Energy, Inc., is conducting the study in partnership with KenGen.

“USTDA is pleased to facilitate new business partnerships between U.S. and Kenyan companies that can spur long-term, sustainable economic growth,” said sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director Lida Fitts. “The adoption of innovative and cost-effective U.S. technology can help Kenya to meet its energy development goals.”  

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