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National Geographic: Volcanic rift as the green energy geyser for Kenya

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Alexander Richter 8 Nov 2018

An article shared today by National Geographic provides a great insight into the role of geothermal energy for Kenya and its importance for electrification.

In an article published by National Geographic today, Kenya is described as a green energy geyser, with geothermal power that has helped push electrification in the country. With fewer than one in five Kenyans with access to electricity back in 2010, now about 60% of Kenyans have access to electricity.

The article provides fantastic photography and provides a great write up on geothermal energy development and utilisation in Kenya.

The first exploration wells, according to the article, were drilled in the 1950s in Kenya back then under British colonial government. The Olkaria I geothermal power plant came online in 1981, with not much evolving from then until the early 2000s.

Geothermal power has changed a lot for Kenya. While representing around 28% of Kenya’s grid capacity, it is at times the predominant electricity supply due to draughts decreasing output from hydro power plants in the country.

Overall a great article. See link below.

Source: National Geographic