This is a collaborative research project coordinated by Geothermal Technology Research Institute at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and partners. The project is funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) programme within the Power Africa project. The collaborating staffs are from other three institutions, which are University of Addis Ababa, Geological Survey of Tanzania and University of Rochester. The project is near its first project cycle year.
The project will map out potential geothermal systems for supplying small sized units for development and replication at the local community level in areas not connected to the electric grid. The project is expected to identify remote sites within East African Rift Valley system for local geothermal energy development for both Electric power provision and improved water resources management. Already, data collection on hot springs and other geothermal manifestations has been done. The project is also expected to show potential of replicability in suitable areas.