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‘Our contribution to a cleaner world’: how Kenya found an extraordinary power source beneath its feet

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🗞️ Driving the news: Kenya is emerging as a world leader in clean energy due to its extensive geothermal resources in the Great Rift Valley
This has been a major development in the country's energy sector, with KenGen playing a pivotal role in harnessing these resources

🔭 The context: The Great Rift Valley's unique geological features, including volcanic activity and tectonic movements, create ideal conditions for geothermal energy
This has enabled Kenya to tap into a sustainable and reliable energy source, significantly reducing its reliance on fossil fuels

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Kenya's focus on geothermal energy contributes to global efforts in combating climate change
This renewable energy source is cleaner and more sustainable than fossil fuels, helping to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact

⏭️ What's next: Kenya aims to fully transition to renewable energy by 2030
With the potential to increase its geothermal capacity to 10,000MW, the country could exceed its current peak demand, setting a precedent for renewable energy use in Africa

💬 One quote: "Geothermal is available 24/7 for 365 days. It is not affected by climate fluctuations," (Peketsa Mangi, KenGen’s general manager)

📈 One stat: Kenya currently derives 91% of its energy from renewables, with 47% from geothermal sources

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