In this second part of our Power to Africa – Kenya instalment, we examine the main challenges of investing in the power industry in Kenya before reviewing the opportunities that are also available to investors.
Poor existing power infrastructure, land disputes and a complex regulatory environment together with political tensions and foreign currency pressures all make doing business in the Kenyan power sector a challenge. However, no more so than many other countries in Sub Saharan Africa and these challenges are the price investors pay for the economic opportunities available.
Kenya itself has some encouraging prospects for the future of its power sector: a growing demand through a young population hungry for a better future, an expanding renewable energy sector and a government willing to encourage cleaner energy thinking. If you combine this with greater investment in power infrastructure and regulatory reform, the country’s macro-economic outlook looks good and investors will be encouraged to turn towards Kenya.