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Kenya - Kopere Solar Park Power Project in Kisumu District, Nandi County – ESIA Summary
The Project to be supported by the Bank project involves the Design, construction and operation of a 50 MWp (40 MWac net capacity) solar PV power project, 5 km from the center of Kopere in Kisumu District, Nandi County, Kenya under a 20-year ‘take or pay’ PPA. The project falls under the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) policy in Kenya. The project also involves the construction of a 33/132 kV substation and a 1.8 km transmission line with a way-leave of 40 m (20 m on either side of the line) connecting to the existing 132 kV Lessos-Muhoroni transmission line at Pylon 87 to evacuate the electricity to the national grid via an existing 132 kV high voltage network operated by Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC). The transmission line cross Blocks 31 and 42 (Annex I), and an easement agreement for this line is in place (as of June 2018) with the private landowners. The project site was previously designated as agricultural land, but a change in land use application approved by the Director of Physical Planning: Nandi County, in August 2016, now recognizes this land as mixed use (light industrial Solar Park and agriculture).