Project ID: 47008

China Eximbank provides RMB 867.2 million government concessional loan for 54.66 MW Garissa Solar Power Plant Construction Project

Commitment amount

$ 154858625.16690117

Adjusted commitment amount

$ 154858625.17

Constant 2021 USD


Funding agency [Type]

Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) [State-owned Policy Bank]




Energy (Code: 230)

Flow type


Level of public liability

Central government debt





Development (The next section lists the possible statuses.)





Financial Flow Classification

ODA-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

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NOTE: Red circles denote delays between planned and actual dates



On August 31, 2015, China Eximbank and the Government of Kenya signed a government concessional loan (GCL) agreement [CHINA EXIMBANK GCL No. 2015 (10)] worth RMB 867,293,233.33 ($135,784,014) for the Garissa Solar Power Plant Construction Project. The GCL carries the following borrowing terms: a 2% interest rate, a 10.25 year grace period, and a 20 year maturity. The loan is scheduled for repayment in semi-annual installments between December 31, 2025 and September 21, 2035. The loan had achieved a disbursement rate of 93.47% ($126,922,733 out of $135,784,014) and there was an undrawn balance of $8,861,281 (worth 6.52% of the face value of the loan) as of June 30, 2021. The borrower made principal repayments worth RMB 47,502,088.34 between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Fiscal Year 2020-2021) and no principal repayments between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 (Fiscal Year 2021-2022). The loan’s amount outstanding was RMB 818,856,345.01 as of June 30, 2020, RMB 866,358,433.35 as of June 30, 2021, and RMB 866,358,433.35 as of June 30, 2022. The purpose of the $151,047,789.51 project was to construct a solar power plant that is located 20 kilometers north of Garissa, in Barki Village. The power plant was originally planned to have a capacity of 50 MW, providing electricity for 350,000 people and 1000 employment opportunities for citizens in the area. Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC) was the general contractor responsible for project implementation, but it undertook the project in collaboration with Kenya's Rural Electrification Authority (REA) and the Chinese solar company JinkoSolar. Project implementation commenced on September 29, 2016. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched the power plant on December 13, 2019. When solar panel prices went down, the capacity of the plant was increased from 50MW to 54.66MW. Of the power produced by the plant, Garissa town consumes roughly 5MW and the rest is connected to the national grid, making it the biggest solar plant in East Africa. The plant sits on 85 acres and consists of 210,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels. The power plant is now operated by Kenya's Rural Electrification Authority (REA) and it sells power to Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC).

Additional details

1. This project is also known as the Development of Solar Power Project in Garissa. The Chinese project title is 加里萨50MW光伏电站项目. 2. One source claims that the plant was commissioned as early as September 24, 2018. Another source also claims that the plant can service up to 625,000 homes. 3. The loan identification number in the National Treasury’s public debt register is 2015012 (or 2015012_1). 4. Given that this loan was issued as a GCL, it was almost certainly denominated in RMB. However, only the USD-equivalent value of the face value of the loan is known. This issue warrants further investigation. 5. The project coordinator is James Muriithi. 6. In the database of Chinese loan commitments that SAIS-CARI released in July 2020, it does not record the borrowing terms of this loan. AidData records the borrowing terms that are identified in the National Treasury’s external public debt register. 7. There are some grounds to question whether the first loan repayment date (and implied grace period) that is identified in the National Treasury’s external public debt register is correct. This issue warrants further investigation. 8. The amounts outstanding and repayments data are drawn from the Kenyan Treasury’s External Public Debt Register. See and and and and and and and and

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Direct receiving agencies [Type]

Government of Kenya [Government Agency]

Implementing agencies [Type]

China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation Co., Ltd. (CJIC) [State-owned Company]

Kenya Rural Electrification Authority [Government Agency]

Jinko Solar Holding Co., Ltd [Private Sector]

Loan Details


20 years

Interest rate


Grace period

10 years

Grant element (OECD Grant-Equiv)


Bilateral loan

Government Concessional Loan

Investment project loan