Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency signed a grant with Virunga Power Kenya Limited supporting the development of three run-of-river hydroelectric plants in Kenya.
The grant funds a feasibility study that will evaluate the viability of the sites for power generation and examines the best approach for connecting local homes and businesses to clean, reliable electricity. A U.S. firm will be selected on a competitive basis to perform the feasibility study.
“We are very excited to work with USTDA on these run-of-river hydroelectric projects in Kenya,” said Brian Kelly, Virunga Power Kenya Limited’s Founder and Managing Director. “These funds will help Kenya reach its rural electrification targets, in addition to promoting the business case for community co-ownership and participation in small renewable energy projects across the region and beyond.”
“The study will provide opportunities for U.S. industry to supply products and services that will advance Kenya’s power goals,” said Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. The study will allow the developers to identify U.S. equipment manufacturers and service providers that are well-positioned to outfit the hydroelectric plants.