Kenya builds 55-megawatt photovoltaic power station
Voltalia signed yesterday an agreement where Alten Energias Renovables chooses Voltalia to provide Construction and Operation & Maintenance services for 55MW solar plant in Eastern Africa. In line with its mission to improve global environment and foster local development Voltalia will contribute to the achievement of Kenya's 2020 renewables target and create local job opportunities.
Following a competitive process, Voltalia was selected to build and operate the plant located in the state of Uasin Gishu in the municipality of Eldoret, Kenya's fifth largest city. The construction phase has just started for a commissioning expected by the end of 2020. Voltalia will also provide operation and maintenance services through a 10-year contract. With this project, Voltalia demonstrates its capacity to undertake large projects for third-party clients as a service provider.
This solar project represents 2% of the total capacity of Kenya. This additional capacity will contribute to reach the Kenyan government target of achieving universal electricity access by 2020 (vs. 70% in 2017).
Voltalia will favour employment of local Kenyan staff of Voltalia and subcontractors. Voltalia expects up to 300 people to work on the Alten project at peak, and to create up to 15 permanent local jobs during the operation and maintenance phase.
"With Voltalia, we know we can rely on seasoned construction and maintenance teams with a strong track-record in many different countries, including in Africa. We also value the teams' strong commitment to a top tier environmental and social performance, in line with our own goals", highlights Juan Laso, Executive President of Alten Energías Renovables.
"As part of our objective to give access to the most competitive electricity, we have strong ambitions in Africa. We were already successful in winning a large solar project in Kenya to fuel our own installed capacity, and we will now support our client, Alten, in its ambitious project. These two commitments make us a key contributor to the Kenyan government's target of providing electricity access to the 50 million inhabitants of the country by 2020." comments Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.