Kenya is rapidly expanding its use of geothermal power as power consumption increases., the price of fuel rises and hydro-electric schemes suffer from rainfall uncertainty and the silting up of dams. currently only one geothermal station is operating at olkaria, south of lake Naivasha.
The parts of KVDA around solai, lake Bogoria, kapedo and the suguta through have great potential for generation of geothermal power.
The energy sector plays a critical role in the socio-economic development. Currently the energy sector in Kenya relies wholly on the importation of all petroleum requirements. Electricity, by virtue of its versatility in application, is crucial to the socio-economic development of the country and is the most sought after energy service by society. The available supply capacity currently is 1,279 MW comprising Hydro (738 MW), Thermal (345 MW), Geothermal (185 MW) and Mumias bagasse (115 MW).