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5 February 2013

Kenya 2030 initiative helping to fuel growth with renewable energy

Research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has indicated that Africa has the potential to fuel the vast majority of its future growth with renewable energy.

Kenya 2030 is one initiative that is helping to make this ambition a reality and is promoting a robust economy driven by an efficient and reliable supply of electricity to fuel economic growth.

Kenya has been labelled as a nation to watch in the coming years as its GDP growth and increased energy generation begins to have a positive impact on the economy.

Geothermal development opportunities are particularly strong in Kenya. Combined with the need to continue strengthening transmission and distribution infrastructure, there is on-going investment in energy management and energy efficiency for large industry which is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.

Further renewable energy opportunities include world-class solar and hydropower generation, bioenergy, wind, and marine resources. In some regions of Africa there is the opportunity to convert to modern renewable energy sources, offering substantial benefits for development, energy security, and environmental sustainability, according to the IRENA research.

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