Olkaria witnesses geothermal-powered Ecocloud data centre launch

KenGen, in collaboration with the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and local investors, has initiated the groundbreaking of the Ecocloud Data Centre within the KenGen Green Energy Park. This initiative represents a significant stride towards sustainable industrialisation and underscores the Kenyan government’s unwavering commitment to environmentally responsible growth. Notably, the Ecocloud Data Centre is set to become Africa’s very first data centre fully powered by 100% geothermal energy, marking a remarkable milestone in the region.

This groundbreaking partnership reflects Kenya’s dedication to pioneering environmentally conscious technology advancements. The Olkaria Ecocloud Data Centre is expected to catalyse technological progress not only in Kenya but also across Africa, heralding a new era of sustainable development.

Julius MIGOS Ogamba, KenGen’s Board Chairman, emphasises the significance of this partnership, heralding it as a pivotal step towards a new era of industrialisation with environmental sustainability at its core.

Investors eyeing opportunities in the information and technology sectors are encouraged to tap into Kenya’s vast renewable energy capacity to build sustainable businesses. Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi highlights the data centers’ pivotal role in driving economic transformation through the digital economy, positioning them as catalysts for progress. These data centres are poised to further revolutionise the technology industry by adopting energy-efficient practises, utilising renewable power sources, and employing advanced cooling technologies, thereby reducing carbon footprints while maintaining seamless data processing.

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