Malindi Solar Project

East Africa,Africa Infrastructure

The Malindi Solar Group will build a 52 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in South-East Kenya. Globeleq, our majority owned independent power producer solely focused on building more power generation in Africa, is the sponsor of the project. Malindi is on track to be the first of four utility-scale solar power plants in Kenya to begin construction.

Our investment

$50 million from CDC and $16 million from Globeleq will bring clean power and jobs to Malindi region. Alongside its partner, Globeleq, CDC has announced a $66 million debt investment in Malindi Solar Group, to build a 52 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in South-East Kenya.

Expected impact

The Malindi plant will provide 52 MW of clean generation capacity to the Kenyan grid. Kenya's per capita electricity consumption is well below the sub-Saharan average and 44 per cent below the level that would be expected for its GDP per capita. Located in a region where load shedding is widespread and power demand is increasing, it is expected most of the generation will be consumed locally. It is estimated that the power generated will support the creation of jobs through direct employment and indirect job creation due to more consistent supply of electricity.

Environmental and social aspects

CDC has been active in guiding and supporting Globeleq's environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact through its role in the Company's ESG committee, and the company applies good environmental and social (E&S) practices and applies international E&S standards that minimise negative impacts its operations may have. Globeleq also promotes the efficient use of energy, water and natural resources, and minimises the release of pollutants to air, water and land. Each one of Globeleq's operating power plants has programmes in place that support health, education, employment and enterprise development in their local communities.

Key facts


Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

Africa, East Africa

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Direct Debt
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May 2018

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