By Beth Nyaga
Tea growers in Maara Constituency will now benefit from a Ksh. 1.2 Billion worth Hydro power plant set to be put up by the Kenya Tea Development Agency in partnership with Tharaka Nithi County Government.
Representatives from the two entities visited the site of construction where the county Government has approved the site plant and officially handed over the piece of land.
Speaking during the familiarization and sensitization meeting attended by contractors and community representatives, Physical planning, land, energy and ICT CO Sebastian Mwangangi thanked KTDA for the upcoming facility that will go a long way to assist the community.
“Not only will Weru Tea Factory benefit from the hydro power to run its activities but the community and other tea growers in both Maara and Chuka Igamba- Ng’ombe constituencies,” he said.
He also said they were planning on selling power to Kenya power under feed-in- tariff thus increasing the revenue of Tharaka Nithi County.
Mr. Mwangangi also assured all the investors willing to invest in the county that the Government would expedite the process of acquisition of necessary documentations and approvals they require to carry out any business.
Energy sector which is partly devolved involves electricity, Gas reticulation and energy regulation, collection of crucial data related to energy project, licensing of energy plants of less than 3KW, monitoring of renewable energy policy and energy audits among others.
This through the county Government, the department has also installed solar panels for powering street lights in Marimanti and Chogoria towns.
CO Mwangangi informed the residents that the Governor, Samuel Mbae Ragwa would be commissioning the plant which will now be a major economy boost.
By Beth Nyaga