How Kenya is helping its neighbors develop geothermal energy

East Africa has the potential to generate a lot of electricity from this renewable source

photo of the Olkaria power project

Geothermal energy accounts for almost half of Kenya’s total energy production. The majority of that energy is produced at the Olkaria power project (shown).

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The dusty town of Naivasha sits within the Great Rift Valley, where the African continent is being divided into two. About 90 kilometers northwest of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, Naivasha welcomes gaggles of tourists each year trekking to Hell’s Gate National Park.