Xago Africa and Alevo partner with USTDA to provide energy storage systems in Kenya
Post date: 18/05/2017 - 14:07
US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is partnering with Kenyan renewable energy developer Xago Africa and US battery storage manufacturer Alevo USA, Inc and analytics service provider Alevo Analytics to support the development of a utility scale solar photovoltaic power plant with integrated battery storage in Siaya County, Kenya. The project will utilize battery storage technology from Alevo and will be among the first utility-scale battery storage installations in Africa.
A $1.4 million technical study supported by the partnership will also provide detailed analytics for the Kenyan power system and serve as a roadmap to help advance the energy storage market in the country. »Our primary focus is on solar energy which has the potential to eliminate the power shortages that hold back socio-economic development across the continent,« said Paul W Webb, Xago Africa’s Managing Director.
Xago Africa, headquartered in Kenya, was established in 2014 to deliver public infrastructure projects financed by private sector funding. The organization is currently developing a 40 MW solar power plant with an investment of around $75 million near Lake Victoria which will alleviate the chronic power shortages in Western Kenya. Furthermore, Xago Africa and its construction partner Solarcentury East Africa will provide solar power systems to three schools in the area in addition to its ongoing support for the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation’s school building programme.
Alevo was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Switzerland with lithium-ion batteries (»GridBank«) manufacturing in the USA.