SeeNews Renewables — State-owned entity The Tana & Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA) plans to build a 320-MW solar park in central Kenya within the next three years, local newspaper The Standard reports.

TARDA will realise the KES-49.6-billion (USD 469.8m/EUR 419.9m) project in partnership with Ultra Clean Energy Solutions Ltd and Hitachi India Pvt Ltd, according to the report from last week.

The scheme will be implemented as part of the country’s newly-launched Strategic Plan 2014-2018 and will be the largest in East Africa upon completion.

The solar park will be constructed on 800 ha (1,977 acres) of land near Tana River and will consist of about 200,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules. The land beneath the panels will be used for growing soya beans, the newspaper said.

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