Renewables: Kenya Targets 2020 for 100% RE

Kenya aims to meet 100% of its energy needs through renewable sources of energy by 2020, according to the country’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta. Currently renewable energy accounts for 70% of the East African country’s energy mix.

To reach this level, massive investment in the sector was required, leading, among other things, to a tripling of the national electrification rate to 60%.

“Our goal is to achieve 100% satisfaction with our renewable energy needs by 2020. At the same time, we intend to raise the national electrification rate to 100% while minimizing energy costs in order to develop our industrial sector,” said the president.

Kenyatta also sought support from the Green Climate Fund and called on all other countries on the continent to begin the transition.

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