JinkoSolar Holding Co. (JKS), a Chinese solar panel maker, will help China Jiangxi Corp. for International Economic & Technical Cooperation, or CJIC, develop a 50-megawatt solar park in Kenya.
The manufacturer agreed to provide solar panels and technical support for the photovoltaic plant at Garissa in the northwest of the country, according to a statement today. The grid-connected project will generate about 76,474 megawatt hours each year, helping reduce coal consumption, it said.
Upon completion, the project will be Kenyaâ€™s largest solar park and one of the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the company. Plants of more than 50 megawatts have only been announced in South Africa and Namibia, while the largest operating in the region is a 5-megawatt plant in Cape Verde, Bloomberg New Energy Finance data show.
In August, Jingkosolar agreed to supply 1 megawatt of panels to a chrome mine in South Africa and said it sees opportunities for solar power in the country.
CJIC, a contractor, has experience building infrastructure projects such as hydroelectric plants and roads in African countries.