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Kenya: Outcry over tax on green energy equipment


Issue 420 - 24 Jul 2020

A move to charge value-added tax (VAT) at 14% on off-grid solar, wind and hydro energy generation equipment and on clean cookstoves with effect from 1 July has caused an outcry from the green energy industry. Bodies including the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), off-grid solar body GOGLA, the Clean Cooking Alliance of Kenya and the Kenya Renewable Energy Association have condemned the move. AMDA chief executive Aaron Leopold said the Treasury had ignored the advice of key industry players including the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.

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