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Name

Issuing Agency 

Time

Application Fees (Kshs.)

Prerequisites 

1

Geothermal Exploration Authorization: (Geothermal power projects only)

Control geothermal exploration and exploitation

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum 14 days Kshs. 50,000
  • None

2

Approval for Expression of Interest and Detailed Feasibility Study

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum wants to determine how the proposed power plant can be integrated into the national power development plan and estimate suitability of proposed power plant location for interconnection including interconnection facilities and costs.

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Within 90 days None
  • None

3

Environment Impact Assessment

Ensuring sustainable development and the protection of the environment

National Environment Management Authority 45 to 90 working days Application fee for EIA is 0.1 % of total project cost with a Minimum of Ksh 10,000 and no upper capping.

4

Kenya Civil Aviation Clearance: (Wind power projects only)

Air navigation and safety

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Depending on location - Minimum 14 days. But due to consultations with other relevant aviation stakeholders it may go to 60 days None
  • None

5

Water Abstraction Permit: (Hydro power projects only)

Regulation and management of water resources.

Water Resources Management Authority Depending on the size of the project, the procedure takes between 1 and 6 months to obtain the authorization to construct, the final permit is issued immediately after completion of the structure. 30 -60 days Kshs. 1,000-40,000
  • None

6

Approval for Change of User

Control of land use and development

County Government 60 days KSh. 200

7

Geothermal Resource License: (Geothermal power projects only)

Control geothermal exploitation

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum 14 days None

8

Forest (Charcoal) Regulations 2009

To regulate the production of charcoal, its transportation and marketing

Kenya Forest Service Subject to having all documentation, it takes less than 2 days None

9

Special Use License: (Applies to power plants and sub stations situated inside KFS land)

To grant access and use rights of KFS lands

Kenya Forest Service 30 days None

10

Way Leave Authorization: (Applies to transmission and distribution lines passing through KFS land)

To compensate Kenya Forest Service for the trees that have to be felled for the transmission lines to gain access to the grid or consumption areas

Kenya Forest Service 30 days None

11

Negotiate FIT based Power Purchasing Agreement

Secure Energy Supply

Kenya Power Waiting time - 180 days , Negotiations - 90 days None

12

Negotiate Capacity based Power Purchasing Agreement

Secure Energy Supply

Kenya Power Waiting time - 180 days , Negotiations - 90 days None

13

Approval of Power Purchasing Agreement

Evaluating the PPA with respect to fair consumer prices, fair KW price paid by Kenya Power, and amount of energy provided (firm, non-firm)

Energy Regulatory Commission 30 days None

14

Electricity Generation License

Compliance with the FiT Policy

Energy Regulatory Commission 90 days Ksh. 10,000 (application fee),

15

Electricity Generation, Distribution and/or Supply License

Compliance with Energy Act and Electricity Licensing Regulations 2010

Energy Regulatory Commission 90 days Kshs. 10,000

16

Development Permit

Safety of buildings, planning control.

County Government 60-90 days KSh. 200 for the application form