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Geothermal energy can benefit local communities

View over Lake Nakuru, Kenya (source: flickr/ crgreene, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 25 Jul 2014

Nakuru County Governor in Kenya and Geothermal Development Company director met this week to create a committee that will ensure that the local population benefits from the energy that will be generated in the region.

A local news source informed that Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and Geothermal Development Company (GDC) director Silas Simiyu had met to create a committee that safeguards that the local population benefits from the new geothermal energy that is being created by GDC.

The same local source stated that “Some of the benefits the governor stressed to be looked into include employment, business opportunities creation, tenders, local supplies and investments in the energy sector.” Mbugua assured the GDC of full co-operation from all the relevant arms of the government. Simiyu highlighted farming and the hospitality industry as the key sectors that are set to benefit from the deal. The geothermal power will be used in grain silos, drying of cereals and other farm products such as pyrethrum. Simiyu urged the county to create industrial parks which will allow transmission of the electricity.”

Both parties are keen on stating that this will create spillover effects that with benefits the local populations and generate jobs and improve infrastructure.

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Source: Nakuru News Website