USTDA providing support for Kenyan small hydropower studies

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has announced its support for Saigrene Energy Kenya Ltd., which will help the developer explore the potential for run-of-river hydroelectric projects at five sites in Kenya.

USTDA‘s support comes in the form of a grant of unspecified value, which will allow for consultancy group Knight Piesold to perform feasibility studies for the five plants.

The objective is twofold. While the plants would add a cumulative 17 MW of power to the African country’s grid, their development also opens the doors for U.S. exports.

“USTDA is pleased to support this important study that will provide opportunities for U.S. industry to supply products and services, while advancing Kenya’s power goals,” said Lida Fitts, UTSDA Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Saigrene Energy said it hopes the initiative will also lead to technical training and job creation in Kenya.

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