African countries have the opportunity to go green by leveraging on clean energy as opposed to traditional sources of energy, U.S. President Barack Obama has said.
Obama made these remarks when he visited the Power African Initiative Fair at the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).
The U. S. launched the Power Africa Initiative in 2013, with an aim of adding more than 30,000 megawatts of power in 6 African countries including Kenya.
Obama said that the plans for the multimillion shilling power project, that will connect at least 20 million households and businesses in the six countries to power, are in the final stages.
The U.S. Power Africa project is supporting the 300 megawatt Lake Turkana wind power project launched recently by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
This is the single largest power project in Africa, and it will cost an estimated 70 billion shillings.
At least 3 million Kenyans will benefit from the wind farm which is also expected to cut the cost of power by up to 40 percent.
To complement this project, the Kenya Government launched a new geothermal power plant that will generate an additional 5, 000 megawatts.