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COP26 has just come to an end with a heavy focus on mitigating climate change. So many commitments have been made to combat the impending climate crisis yet so much remains to be done to fulfill those pledges. At ALA, Climate Change is at the top of our agenda, and we are working with various partners who are committed to making climate impact. One of those partners is BTE Renewables, a company specializing in delivering utility-scale wind and solar projects across Africa.
The impact of BTE Renewable in the continent is becoming more evident with its current projects in Kenya and South Africa. In Kenya, BTE Renewables has been responsible for the overall financing, construction and operation of Kipeto Wind Energy PLC, Kenya’s second largest wind energy project. The Kipeto wind energy project supplies 100MW of clean renewable energy to the national grid thereby supporting up to250,000 families. One of the standout initiatives created by the Kipeto Energy Project is their Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) aimed at implementing local human-wildlife initiatives in the areas surrounding the wind project.
In South Africa, BTE Renewables has invested in the Golden Valley wind energy facility, a 120MW onshore wind project supplying an estimated 104,000 households with clean sustainable energy. Like all the BTE Renewable projects, the project is investing in economic and socioeconomic development initiatives for the betterment of the local communities and these initiatives will continue throughout the lifespan of the project.
One of the things that make BTE Renewables a notable partner is their commitment to demonstrating leadership in responsible renewable energy investment across Africa, harnessing opportunities for long term transformational impact in the communities and countries in which they operate and setting an example for the effective management of environmental and social impacts.
Besides building a highly resourced, effective, and forward-looking team, the company is achieving success by continuous monitoring and evaluation of project outcomes as well as assessing opportunities for future improvements. As of 2021, the impact created by BTE Renewables is quite evident. More than 500,000 households across Kenya and South Africa are supported by the over 400MW of energy produced at their stations and in the process offsetting 680,000 tonnes of Carbon dioxide per annum. Their actions not only contribute to a climate resilient future but also aim to conserve the environment, promote biodiversity and encourage a positive coexistence of humans, plants and animals.