Cowdung energy plants approved to back power generation countrywide

 

Cow dung fed biogas digesters

 

Cow dung fed biogas digesters now approved to back the power on the national grid as the Energy Ministry moves to test the efficacy of the cattle waste in electricity generation.


In a notice issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Energy has invited bids for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of prefabricated domestic biogas plants using cow dung as the feedstock.


Counties of Makueni, Siaya, Busia and Narok will start with the pilot project before moving to other counties.


The initiative aligns to the Ministry’s goal of reducing its reliance on expensive power sources.


The move comes after the state talked of sustainable energy options which not only cuts electricity costs to consumers but also promotes eco-sustainability.


The Ministry has aggressively pursued renewable sources of energy in recent years as it also seeks to cut the cost of power generation.


Last year, 518 megawatts (MW) 518 megawatts (MW) of power was added to the national grid through renewable sources.

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