||Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) is developing a floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) project with a capacity of approximately 40MWp.
In a tender notice, KenGen said it is seeking to employ a consultant "to carry out a detailed feasibility study and to assess the technical, financial, environmental and socia feasibility of the FPV power plant, to be installed on Kamburu hydropower plant reservoir."
German bilateral Financial Cooperation funds are earmarked for the project, which is being implemented by the German Development Bank (KfW), said KenGen.
"The overall objective of this assignment is to prepare a feasibility study which is detailed enough to form a basis for project financing and to initiate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiations."
In 2020, KenGen carried out a pre-feasibility study for floating solar on three hydropower reservoirs: Kamburu, Turkwel and Kiambere.
The three project options were then ranked based on their technical, financial, economic and social suitability.
The pre-feasibility study recommended a 40MWp floating solar PV on Kamburu dam due to the minimal water level variation, less design complication, good infrastructure (road network and grid), lower O&M costs and lower permitting costs due to ownership by KenGen.