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New GE initiative to boost power generation

11 June 2014, 12:40

Nairobi - Kenya is poised to benefit from General Electric’s just-launched Distributed Power business, an initiative hailed as a key element of its larger commitment to powering Africa.

The commitment is part of the Power Africa initiative to help bring 5 000 MW of new electricity to Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

GE has reiterated its corporate commitment to more reliable, local energy supplies that can promote greater economic development and security in urban and rural areas.

With its new Distributed Power business, GE expects to include diesel technology in its electricity recipe for success.

“In areas of Africa where traditional grid service is poor or does not exist, we are seeing more customers seeking to install distributed power technologies that can help ensure that homes and businesses have more reliable supplies of electricity," said Lorraine Bolsinger, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE's Distributed Power, in a press release.

“GE's Distributed Power is committed to helping customers throughout Africa use more of their own domestic energy resources, which in turn enhances the economic security of the region for future generations.”

GE's Distributed Power business focuses on power generation at or near the point of use, on or off the grid.

The company is currently testing 2.6 MW diesel engines.

While the company will start with diesel, the company mentioned other sources of power such as solar, wind, and natural gas as other sources for its 5 000 MW capacity addition.

 – CAJ News

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