Core area Renewable energy sources Expanding the energy supply

Kenya derives over 75 per cent of its energy from renewable sources (primarily geothermal power and hydropower). The Kenyan government has set itself the goal of raising the proportion of power generated from renewable sources even further.

View of the geothermal power station Olkaria in Kenya

View of the geothermal power station Olkaria in Kenya

View of the geothermal power station Olkaria in Kenya

The country's power supply system has undergone considerable expansion in recent years, so that now 70 per cent of all households are connected – a high percentage by African standards. However, in rural areas people often live in homes with no electricity. By 2030, all households in Kenya are to be connected to the electricity grid.

German activities

Germany is supporting the continued expansion of renewable energies in Kenya, in particular geothermal energy. So far, German support in this area has helped to provide 470 megawatts of power generation capacity – power that is both cheap and from an environmentally friendly source.

Measures to improve grid infrastructure and the installation of a variety of energy solutions such as solar home systems are improving access to electricity for people living in rural areas. And Germany is supporting the electrification of refugee camps by helping with the installation of micro solar power systems.

Making a contribution to climate protection

Germany's activities to support increased use of renewable energies, greater energy efficiency and better access to efficient cook stoves are helping Kenya to save around two million tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually.