A Busia resident Engineer Walter Opondo is seeking partnership with Busia County Government to help address the widespread power outages which has impacted negatively on the socio-economic development of the County.
Speaking after paying a courtesy call to the County Chief Officer for Energy Eng. Gilbert Oduory in his office on Tuesday, Eng Opondo from Kenya Electricity Generating Company said the only way to end the constant power blackouts is to put up a plant in the county to generate own electricity.
” There are investors who are willing to partner with the County Government to put up a plant that can generate up to 25 megawatts of electricity from waste and bagasse (sugarcane by products).
Power outages in Busia is not conducive to investors. We need reliable power supply to spur industrial growth and improve the livelihood of county residents,” he said.
Eng Opondo said power supply to Busia comes from Sondu Miriu . The long distance causes transmission loss, thus the need for own power which will also be sold to residents at cheaper rates.
Eng Oduory said Busia needs 12-15 megawatts. ” If the proposed plant is constructed the extra 10 or so megawatts can be used in industries,” he said.
He said as a mechanical engineer, Opondo will be an asset in finding a lasting solution to power challenges in the county especially in water points and hospitals.
” Using waste from the two sugar factories of Olepito and Busia Sugar Industry is a brilliant idea. This will keep our county clean,” he said.
Eng Oduory was flanked by Acting Director Energy Mcvivian Anyang and County Electrical Engineer Kevin Otwani.