Green groups team up for Kenya’s low carbon buildings

A green bonds organisation and an African sustainable building group have agreed to work together to stimulate the take-up of certified low carbon buildings in Kenya. The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) say the buildings could be eligible for the use of proceeds of green bonds. The organisations say the […]

CNG renewables launches ‘clean’ energy project in Kenya

Commercial gas specialist CNG has turned its ‘Power UP’ concept into an even greater force for good with an ambitious crowdfunded renewables project; set to transform the lives of more than 600 children in Kenya. Shower Up will see two fully-equipped, solar powered shower blocks (made from recycled shipping containers) provided for Turasha School in […]

World’s toughest law against plastic bags?

  A plastic bag ban, believed to be the toughest in the world, has come into force in Kenya. Those manufacturing, selling or even using them could face fines of up to $38,000 (£29,339) or be imprisoned for up to four years. Enforcement will however initially be directed at manufacturers and suppliers. While the government […]

EU bank pledges support for Kenyan energy projects

An EU bank has pledged to provide support for projects in the power sector in Kenya. The announcement has been made during the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) three-year visit to the country, which will include a site visit to the Lake Turkana Wind Park. It is the largest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa developed by […]

Kenya bans all plastic shopping bags

Kenya has banned the use, manufacture and import of all plastic shopping bags. The rule, which will come into force in six months, is already in place in a number of other African nations, including Rwanda and Morocco. Approximately 100 million plastic bags are handed out each year by Kenyan supermarkets alone. Plastic waste has […]

UK and Kenya push onward with green power

Kenyan energy firms have met with British investors to secure investment in the growing renewables sector. The UK-Kenya Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi hosted around 100 company representatives from both countries to help accelerate the availability of affordable power. It follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the governments in May, which saw the UK commit […]

$135m to expand electricity access in Kenya

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced an investment worth $135 million (£101.25m) for an energy project. The money will fund the second phase of the expansion of the country’s distribution network which aims to provide electricity to 1.5 million homes and businesses. Kenya’s per capita electricity consumption is 130kWh per month and electricity consumption is projected […]

UK and Kenya ink renewable energy MoU

The UK and Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase co-operation on renewable energy. According to the British High Commission in Nairobi, it will promote opportunities for private sector trade and investment by the UK in the Kenyan green energy sector. The MoU was signed on behalf of the respective governments by […]

UK firm to build $2.5m solar project in Kenya

A UK firm is to build a solar project worth $2.5 million (£1.7m) in Kenya. Solarcentury claims it is the largest solar investment in the country so far. The project will consist of two solar roof systems combined with a carpot and the third system will include a battery storage. They will have a total capacity […]

Google to invest in 310MW African wind farm

Google will invest in a wind farm with a capacity of 310MW in Africa. It will buy 12.5% of Vestas’ stake in the project located, which is in Kenya. The Lake Turkana wind park is expected to generate more than 1,400GWh of electricity per year. According to Vestas, it will provide around 15% of the […]