The plant will be located in Samburu region, Kwale County, 6o Km from Mombasa off the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway. The region is home to Duruma community, one of the many rainbow tribes which make up the beautiful country of Kenya. Its region, unfortunately, is not blessed with rich agricultural land or sufficient rainfall to bring economic development. There is absolutely no industrial activity. The community is mainly pastoral and poverty levels are higher than the national average. Major donor agencies contribute to social and economic welfare of the community thereby making them dependent on aid. Sustainability cannot be created when there is little or no community economic development.
Based on the current legislation on solar tariffs available at national level in Kenya to promote the sustainable and eco-friendly development of energy production, Triple S Solar Limited is planning the development, financing, construction and operation of a 10 MW power plant based on a combination of solar photo-voltaic (PV) and Concentrated solar Thermal technology to be in stalled in Samburu Location, Kwale County. This infastructure can significantly contribute to the growth of locally produced, clean electrical power availability.
Kenyan installed generation capacity is actually 1750 MW, dominated by hydroelectricity (49%), geothermal (29%) and diesel (21%), although increasing demand and the volatility of hydroelectric generation are leading to a surge in diesel based generation.
Kenya’s Climate Action Plan sets out a low carbon development strategy that considers the renewable energy generation sector as one base option for the country. Although geothermal is the most promising renewable energy source, Kenya also has excellent solar potential (about 2.160 kWh/m2/Year of solar horizontal irradiation)
The Samburu solar farm hopes to bring in economic and social transformation to the residents and communities of Samburu area. The solar farm is very close to Mariakani’s growing industrial area. ARM Cements Kaloleni plant and Mabati rolling Mills.
The solar plant will in its First Phase add 10 MW of clean energy to the national grid and set out to achieve Kenya’s 2030 vision objective.
- The proposed site is 1,000 acre sublease of 3000 acre Samburu South ranch.
- Triple-S-Solar is creating a CBO where all the members who occupy the 1,000 acre piece will be members of the CBO
- The CBO will be called Triple-S-Solar CBO
- Triple-S-Solar Limited and Triple-S-Solar CBO will sign a joint agreement for 25 years
- The partnership will then sign an agreement with Kenya Power and Lighting Company for PPA