Chinese firms to develop Kenya’s largest solar power plant

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 Kenya’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.

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