- Globeleq has formally announced the grid connection of its 52 MW DC/40 MW AC solar power plant in Kenya
- The facility is made up of 157,000 solar panels and is contracted with Kenya Power under a 20-year PPA
- Project is one of the 1st IPP owned utility scale solar projects in Kenya and the only renewable power plant in the coastal region
A 52 MW DC/40 MW AC solar plant has come online in Kenya as one of the 1st independent power producer (IPP) owned utility scale solar projects in the country and the only renewable power plant in the coastal region, says Globeleq that has formally announced its completion.
According to the Africa focused IPP Globeleq, the project has been feeding clean energy to the national grid since December 14, 2021. The Malindi Solar PV Plant has come up in Langobaya of Kilifi County and had been under construction since 2019. Globeleq worked on the project along with its project partner Africa Energy Development Corporation (AEDC).
Equipped with 157,000 solar PV panels, the facility is delivering electricity for close to 250,000 residential customers under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the national distribution company Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC).
It took $69 million investment to build the facility out of which $52 million debt financing was arranged by UK development finance institution CDC and includes $20 million from the German development finance institution DEG.
Globeleq CEO Mike Scholey counts it as the company’s 10th operational solar PV plant in Africa. In December 2021, the company achieved financial closure for a 19 MW solar facility with 2 MW/7 MWh energy storage in its building in Mozambique (see Financial Closure For Mozambique PV Plant).