Kenyan energy company KenGen has put out a call to Bitcoin miners to move nearby and buy its excess renewable power capacity.

KenGen claims 86% of its energy is generated from renewable sources, mostly geothermal from pockets of ground source heat in the Great Rift Valley. Local news outlet The Standard reported that KenGen has space at its new industrial park in Olkaria, near its flagship geothermal power station, which could be rented to Bitcoin (BTC) miners.

The Acting Director of geothermal development at KenGen Peketsa Mwangi said that his company was willing and eager to have the miners call Kenya home.

“We’ll have them here because we have the space and the power is near, which helps with stability.”

Despite his enthusiasm, there have not yet been any reports of miners looking to go to Kenya.

Cambridge’s Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI) suggest that the eastern African nation currently houses no known Bitcoin mining operations, but it appears to be ideal for miners due to the region’s estimated potential 10,000 MegaWatt (MW) of geothermal energy capacity.

KenGen is currently running at a maximum generating capacity of 863 MW after installing another geothermal power plant in April according to Kenyan financial news outlet Capital FM.

By inviting miners to the country, KenGen may be able to accomplish several goals at once. It can increase miners’ environmental sustainability, which has come under great scrutiny around the globe. Mining consumes 119.5 TerraWatt hours (TWh) per year, more than the entire country of the Netherlands, according to…


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