The Kenyan power company, Kenya Power, has declared support for the country’s move to switch to electric vehicles and motorcycles as part of its green initiative.

The East African nation currently has an installed capacity of 2,791Megawatts of electricity against a peak demand of 1926 Megawatts.

However, it hopes to increase it to 5000 Megawatts by 2030.

According to a report by the Star Newspaper, Kenya power and other power sector players are actively pursuing the e-mobility agenda through negotiations for a favourable environment to support investments in e-mobility.

The report said Kenya power and other sector players are seeking the enactment of a legal framework that would support e-mobility in the country, as well as the development of policies that would guide the installation of infrastructures such as charging stations for electric vehicles and motorbikes.

“The evolution of clean energy locally and globally, as witnessed in the last decade, presents exciting times for the energy sector and its stakeholders,” Kenya Power Acting Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Rosemary Oduor said.

She added that as the face of the sector, they are developing strategies to deepen the adoption of clean energy.

Last year, they were involved in the pilot of the e-mobility programme in the country and they took up electric motorbikes for use by their staff.

“We are doing this by riding on emerging technologies, particularly in electricity storage-for intermittent sources such as solar and wind to enhance their availability, thus, enabling us to deploy them more efficiently,” Mrs Oduor said.

As of June this year, they had constructed and commissioned 21 solar mini-grids in off-grid plants.

They are planning to construct 100 more with support from the World Bank.

 

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