11 Jan Kenyan farm is Africa’s first biogas powered electricity supplier
Gorge Farm Energy Park in Naivasha, Kenya has become Africa’s first commercial farm powered by biogas to sell electricity back to the national grid.
Independent power producer Biojoule Kenya operates the farm, located around 76km north west of Nairobi, and produces electricity through burning biogas from digested crop residue, a process called cogeneration.
This process generates 2MW of electricity, easily covering the farm’s own power demands and with enough surplus to power up to 6,000 rural homes.
The biogas plant will provide a boost to Kenya’s renewable energy industry, as the farm will contribute to a 7,000-tonne reduction in carbon emissions per year by avoiding oil based energy, according to Tropical Power, an African biogas and solar plant developer.
Mike Nolan, chief operating officer at Tropical power said: “The Gorge Farm plant is physical proof that locally produced feedstock can be used to generate clean and cost-effective power for all Kenyans.”