Iceland offers many lessons to developed and developing countries that we can draw upon to increase access to geothermal heat and power and to manage the inherent technical and financial risks of scaling up this renewable source of energy.
What works in Iceland can work in developing countries. Kenya, for example, sits on a geothermal juggernaut. Thirteen percent of all electricity in the country is already generated by geothermal plants, and, with help from the World Bank, the plan is to boost that number to 30% in just a few short years. As a result, 150 million households and many businesses could get affordable and reliable power soon. And achieving that will involve tapping into the many lessons from Iceland's geothermal experience.